The Nineteenth-Century Centre at the University of Birmingham provides a collaborative network for scholars working across traditional disciplinary, national, and temporal boundaries. We host regular events of interest to our members and mobilise the rich resources of the local area to support both research and teaching.
The Birmingham 19C Centre is on its summer hiatus. Please check back in October for our 2019/2020 calendar of events.
When: Friday 15th March, 12-2pm Where: Westmere House seminar room
When: Wednesday 27th March, 5-7pm Where: Arts Lecture Room 8
When: Wednesday 10th April, 5-7pm During his speech at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute’s soirée in 1862, Richard Heales (M.L.A) captured the sense of the mechanics’ institute as a symbol of home when he argued that ‘nothing bound us to the old country like its institutions, and what would bind us to the new country [but] … Continue reading “10th April: Dr. Sarah Comyn (UCD) ‘Every Station Open to All’? Mechanics’ Institutes on the Victorian Goldfields”
From corsets to crinolines, dandies to decadent ‘New Women’, fashions during the Victorian age were changing as fast as a steam locomotive. Silhouettes and styles transformed radically every decade, influenced by the social, cultural and political forces of this era. Using a wide range of 19th-century images and primary source materials, Rebecca N. Mitchell discusses … Continue reading “16 April: Fashioning the Victorians: The Crinoline with Dr Rebecca Mitchell”
Dr. Jane Wright (Bristol) on ‘Enduring Bees: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Apian Allusion, 1844 to 1856’ When: Wednesday 8 May, 5-7pm Where: Arts Lecture Room 8
The discovery of the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922 is one of the best-known archaeological narratives of the modern age. The uncovering of the pharaoh’s final resting place with its wealth of gilded artefacts was cause for much celebration both in Egypt and abroad. But within weeks of the king’s burial chamber … Continue reading “9 May: Tutankhamun: Facts, Fictions and the Mummy’s Curse with Dr Eleanor Dobson”
When: Wednesday 29th May, 5-7pm Where: Arts 103
When:13 June, 7-9pm Where:Oxford Natural History Museum Join us for an evening under the dinosaurs exploring how art has shaped our impressions of these amazing creatures with Dr Will Tattersdill and Dr Verity Burke. £8 adults and £6 student/concession
Looking forward: Join University of Birmingham 19C Centre staff to celebrate the centenary year of John Ruskin’s birth. A panel of short papers offer fresh views on Ruskin, followed by discussion. Wednesday, December 4, 2019 5-7pm Arts Building 103 Check this site for updated information.