The Little Sparta Trust has, over the years, gathered a
wealth of documents, articles, photographs, video and varied
historical material relating to Ian Hamilton Finlay and the
garden at Little Sparta, donated by many artists, critics,
photographers, writers, filmmakers, academics, family
members and collaborators who worked with the artist. The
Trust intends to be a safe store for this valuable resource, but
will also publish a selection here on the website to give an
insight into the history, development and ongoing
maintenance of the garden. Specific photography and video
collections can be accessed via the links to the
right, while a range of diverse articles from a variety of
sources are collected in an ‘Other’ archive. This contains a
selection of content related to the artist or the garden,
including magazine articles and other publications, extracts
from written material and articles specially written for the
It is no surprise that the variety and depth of visual experience found at Little Sparta has inspired many people to make these visual records of the garden.
Both the garden and its creator have been the subject of unique projects from film makers. With their permission, here are some of the moments they captured.
This section contains a diverse group of features showing varied archive material relating to the garden, from letters and correspondence to published articles.