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Hampshire Gardens Trust-Hutton Library, Special Collections, Hartley Library: Home


Contact: Jenny Ruthven


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Special Collections, Hartley Library, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ

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The H.G.T.-Hutton Library is part of Special Collections on level 4 of the Hartley Library. 

The books are shelved in the Special Collections open access area and can be used whenever the Library is open.


Special Collections Open Access Area - members of the University and visitors over 18 are welcome to use the material in this area whenever the Hartley Library is open. Visitors will need to show photo ID when signing in at Library Reception. If you are under 18 please contact with your enquiry. 

Our computer workstations are only available to University staff and students, but you can connect your own device to the free WiFi Guest service.

Related Collections

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Archive Collections

  • MS 62 Broadlands Papers

H.G.T.-Hutton Library

The H.G.T.- Hutton Library has as its focus the history of garden design, with an emphasis on British landscapes and gardens. There are descriptions of the appearance and function of the garden from ancient times onwards as well as studies of individual gardens and designed landscapes. The collection includes books on garden ornament and garden buildings and also extends to the history of public parks and gardens. Guides to garden research include Parks and Gardens : a Researcher's Guide to Sources for Designed Landscapes by David Lambert (2006) and Ray Desmond's Bibliography of British Gardens (1984).  

Journals include Garden History, European Gardens, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, My Garden and Hortus.

Extent: 440 books and 9 journals.

Catalogues / Library Resources Search

  • WebCat includes records for all Hampshire Gardens Trust books and journals (call number H.G.T.). 

See Hampshire Gardens Trust Library for a list of titles.

Borrowing Books

Most H.G.T. books are available for Long Loan.

If you have a University I.D./Library Card you can borrow books at the Loans Desk or at the self-issue units on level 2.

Members of the Hampshire Gardens Trust can apply for free membership of the Library as External Borrowers.

Books from the Hampshire Gardens Trust-Hutton Library

H.G.T. Report

HGT report

Collection History

The Hampshire Gardens Trust Library was established at the University Library in 1984 to support the Hampshire Gardens Trust in its work of providing advice on the restoration, re-creation and management of gardens and parks at risk from neglect or inappropriate development.

For over twenty years, Professor Stan Hutton was the Honorary Librarian of the H.G.T. Library and was responsible for developing the collection of books and periodicals, which has become an invaluable resource for garden researchers of  today. Following his death in 2014, the H.G.T. Library was renamed the Hampshire Gardens Trust-Hutton Library in honour of his work in creating this important collection.


The nearest copier is behind the main staircase on level 4.

Visitors wishing to make photocopies of items can create a guest account and add credit online, then login to any of the photocopiers (multi-functional devices) in the library.


  • Gardens Trust (Association of Garden Trusts and Garden History Society)