FOLAR is the acronym for "friends of the landscape library and archive at (the University of) Reading".
We welcome anyone who shares our aims and objectives to join us.
FOLAR is keen to see the landscape collections at Reading promoted, used for research and to grow over time. These archival records need to be valued and conserved because, as one of our members, Lindsey Abbott, put it when describing the Landscape Institute's library and archive: "(it) is not a static canon but rather an evolving body of work that documents trends over time through a variety of media"
Many, but not all FOLAR members are also current or retired members of the Landscape Institute Want to learn more?
We became FOLAR after the Landscape Institute's library and archive were deposited at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) in 2013. MERL is part of the University of Reading. For further details on MERL see www.reading.ac.uk/merl
Chair: Penny Beckett
Vice Chair: Helen Tranter
Chair, Acquisitions: Tony Edwards
Secretary: Annabel Downs
Treasurer: Helen Neve
Membership: Helen Brown
Committee Members: Phillada Ballard; Robert Holden; Colin Moore
"Landscape is an expression of the underlying relationship of land and life"
Brenda Colvin, 1948
"Landscape means an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the
result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors"
European Landscape Convention, 2004
The Landscape Institute
The Landscape Institute is the professional body for chartered landscape professionals in the UK. It was founded in 1929 as the Institute of Landscape Architects and was renamed the Landscape Institute 50 years later to reflect the wider range of members who specialise in areas of work such as landscape management, policy, planning, ecological survey as well as the core subjects of design and implementation.
Thanks for choosing to join us in supporting the landscape library and archive at Reading. In doing so you will be helping build support for the most significant landscape collection still held in the UK. The membership application form - FOLAR Membership Form (V1).pdf - can be downloaded here FOLAR Membership Form
Membership is £20/pa payable on 1st May
Payment can be by cheque, direct debit or electronic transfer
For overseas membership please contact the membership secretary at [email protected]