The Victorians lecture season
5th March 2015 at 6:30pm
'That Magic Lantern': Dickens and London by Dr Tony Williams
“London,” Dickens wrote to fellow-novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton in February 1851,“is a vile place”. He also acknowledged how important it was to his creative processes. On 30 August 1846, he wrote to his friend John Forster about the difficulties he was experiencing with his writing of Dombey and Son, in “the absence of streets… A day in London sets me up again and starts me. But the toil and labour of writing, day after day, without that magic lantern, is IMMENSE!!”
In this talk Tony Williams will explore some of the ways in which this greatest writer of the city found his inspiration in the metropolis.
Dr Tony Williams is Associate Editor of The International Dickens Fellowship’s journal, The Dickensian, and is Senior Honorary Research Fellow in Humanities at the University of Buckingham.
8th April 2015 at 6:30pm
The Victorian House by Lucinda Hawksley
Author Lucinda Hawksley talks about what it was like to live in a Victorian home and about the dangers that often lurked within. Discover how you would have fared as an inhabitant of 19th-century Britain and what your home life would have been like then.
Lucinda Hawksley is the author of more than 20 books, including biographies of the artists Lizzie Siddal, Kate Perugini (née Dickens) and Princess Louise, as well as Charles Dickens: A Bicentenary Celebration, March, Women, March: Voices of the Women's Movement and Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards. She is a regular speaker at the National Portrait Gallery in London as well as a Patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London and of the children's charity Dickens' Gift to Yorkshire.
23rd April at 6:30pm
The Victorian Way of Death by Holly Carter Chappell
The Victorian use of post-mortem photography might seem morbid or even gruesome to modern eyes. In an age when photography was a special event, a portrait taken after death was often the only image that grieving relatives would have of their loved one. In this talk, Holly Carter-Chappell will examine 19th-century memorial traditions and show how there are more links with modern day practices than we might think.
Holly Carter-Chappell is the Collections Assistant at the Florence Nightingale Museum and co-curated the exhibition The Hospital in the Oatfield: The Art of Nursing in the First World War.
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