10th April: Dr. Sarah Comyn (UCD) ‘Every Station Open to All’? Mechanics’ Institutes on the Victorian Goldfields

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”

16 April: Fashioning the Victorians: The Crinoline with Dr Rebecca Mitchell

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”

9 May: Tutankhamun: Facts, Fictions and the Mummy’s Curse with Dr Eleanor Dobson

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”

1 February: Call for Papers for Annual Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

Work/Leisure, Duty/Pleasure CALL FOR PAPERS Annual Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals 25-27 July 2019 University of Brighton, UK Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers or panels of three or four related papers that address any aspect of the Victorian periodical or newspaper press. Proposals relevant to the Conference theme of Work/Leisure, … Continue reading “1 February: Call for Papers for Annual Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals”

8th February: Ruskin, Science and the Environment

In honour of John Ruskin’s bicentenary, John Holmes is co-organising a one-day conference on Ruskin, Science and the Environment with Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford), to be hosted by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Friday 8th February 2019 from 9.30 until 6. The speakers will include Kate Flint (Southern California), Mark Frost (Portsmouth), Peter … Continue reading “8th February: Ruskin, Science and the Environment”