Uncovering narratives at Stowe House and Gardens

Stowe House and Gardens, owned by National Trust, offers a vision of 18th century England fashioned after classical ideals.

It was commissioned by the influential Lord Cobham as a meeting place and inspiration for his powerful circle of friends including political cronies and other leading figures of the day. Stories of vice and virtue, sea faring and conquering foreign lands unfold through its extensive grounds, monuments and temples.

Stowe presents a perfect opportunity for MANE students to explore and analyse an immersive and contentious narrative environment.

During their visit, the students worked together to uncover threads of narrative woven through the Elysian Fields, expressed through the architecture, sculpture, inscriptions, landscape and land form, guided by Adam Scott, Co-Founder and Director of the experience masterplanning agency FreeState.