As a landscape historian, Jill Sinclair seeks to reveal hidden meanings and stories in the places around us – to bring historical landscapes, people and ideas to life. She does this is in a variety of ways – through guided history walks, illustrated lectures, an established blog, informal talks, scholarly articles, posts on popular websites, and academic conference papers.
A Brit now living in India after several years in Paris, Jill obtained an MA with distinction from the Inchbald School of Design in London, and completed post-graduate studies in landscape design and history at Harvard’s Landscape Institute. Her first book, Fresh Pond: the History of a Cambridge Landscape, was published by the MIT Press in 2009.
Jill’s research interests include international and cross-cultural issues in landscape studies, the changing values and significance of heritage sites, and the impact of sustainable practice on historic gardens.
Recent work has ranged from consulting on a BBC television series on the history of French gardens to producing a chapter on links between early Renaissance and Mughal Indian landscapes for a forthcoming academic volume.