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Professor Angelique Richardson

Public engagement

Richardson was elected to the (joint) post of Public Engagement Officer for University English (formerly CCUE) in April 2012, and re-elected to the University English executive committee for a third two-year term in April 2013.   She has given a number public lectures on her work on science and culture, including talks in 2015 at Dorset Country Museum, Oxford Department of Continuing Education and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, and a study weekend on the Victorians at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.  Her work with schools includes Dear Mr Darwin, which she organised with a number of South West schools in collaboration with the Darwin Correspondence Project.

Richardson is involved with various national and international projects within Hardy Studies, and she is working with local government and the cultural heritage sector on taking the study and enjoyment of Hardy beyond the academic research community. Students taking her final-year Hardy module have subsequently engaged in public work with the National Trust. In 2010 she joined the Hardy Country Steering Group, whose current members include the National Trust, Dorset AONB, Dorset County Museum, Dorset County Council (including Dorset Countryside Service), the Hardy Society, Bath Spa University and Kingston Maurward College, and she leads the education strategy of the group. This collaboration recognises the benefits to health and well-being brought by engaging local communities, including disadvantaged learning groups, with their cultural heritage.

Richardson currently supervises several projects ranging from eugenics in utopian fiction to South West writers, Victorian (and after) detective fiction and Hardy and the culture of letter writing (Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by the AHRC). She is also supervising two AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) PhD researchers in collaboration with Reading and in 2018 she will be lead supervisor on three further  SWW DTP  projects including two Hardy, Dorset and the wider world Collaborative Doctoral Awards in collaboration with Southampton, Dorset County Museum (DCM) and Dorset History Centre. In 2017 she won the Guild Teaching Award for best lecturer in English. She was also awarded Hardy Great Western Research funding, in collaboration with the National Trust, for a PhD CDA project on Hardy and Education which explored the appeal and study of Hardy beyond the academic research community. Since 2012 she has organised a public lecture series in collaboration with the National Trust and Dorset County Museum.

In 2010 Richardson led Exeter's involvement with the campaign to keep the Hardy Player manuscripts in the UK, in collaboration with local groups and Dorset County Museum and Dorset History Centre. A founding co-organiser of the first International Postgraduate Symposium on Hardy at the International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival in 2006, she co-directed the fourth symposium (August 2012), and gave a research paper at the conference. In 2011 she co-organized a three-day International Hardy at Yale conference. She sits on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Hardy Review and the Thomas Hardy Journal, is literary editor of the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, and is a member of the Thomas Hardy Society and the Thomas Hardy Association. She has published a number of articles and chapters on Hardy and is currently completing a book on Hardy and biology which brings her expertise in Victorian science to her research on Hardy. She aso recently gave a public lecture on Hardy  for Wordquest.