Projects

Academics at the Centre for Victorian Studies are currently involved in a number of research projects.

The Global Circulation Project is run by Prof. Regenia Gagnier as part of her role as Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Literature Compass. The Project investigates the global circulation of cultures and literatures.

The Hardy Correspondence Project is led by Prof. Angelique Richardson and seeks to digitalize over 5000 letters at the Dorset Museum written by "writers, artists, scientists, charities, political organizations, friends and fans" in contact with Thomas Hardy.  A collaborative project between the Dorset Museum and the University of Exeter, the first 100 letters were released in November 2019.

Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine (1861-65) Project is headed by Prof. Simon Rennie.  The AHRC-funded project compiles and digitizes poems associated with and in response to the Lancashire Cotton Famine.  It has made available a poem database, which includes "commentary, audio recitations, and musical recordings."  The digital archive brings the poems to life with music and reveals the unique labouring-class voices in the mid-nineteenth century. Here is a video about the project.  

The University of Exeter forms part of the scholarly consortium of The Dickens Project, a collaboration run by the University of California. The Dickens Project is a collection of academics and graduate students with research interests in Dickens and the Victorian age. It facilitates collaborative research and produces curricular material to encourage the study of Victorian Studies at school level. It disseminates research through institutes and publications, as well as at its large annual conference the Dickens Universe.

Past Projects:

Tailored Trades

The Tailored Trades Research Network investigated the effects of the mechanisation of clothes manufacturing on the professional workforce.

Science at the Seaside

Science at the Seaside: Pleasure Hunts in North Devon. Prof John Plunkett worked with Ilfracombe Museum on a project funded by FLAG [North Devon Fisheries Local Action Group] to increase awareness of the rich history of nineteenth-century scientific writing about the North Devon coastline.