Dr Corinna Wagner
Encountering the Victorians, Exploring RAMM
This collaboration between the University of Exeter’s Centre for Victorian Studies and RAMM sees academics and curators draw on the museum’s rich history and collections. For full details of the panel discussion and study sessions, please download RAMM’s Victorian Weekend brochure.
The Friday night is hosted by Andrew Marr, who will lead a roundtable and then on Saturday:
Explore RAMM’s history and development with:
Dr John Plunkett, University of Exeter, Exhibitions for All: Victorian Civic Culture, Popular Education and the Origins of RAMM
Dr Corinna Wagner, University of Exeter, Victorian South West Gothic
Dr Julien Parsons, RAMM, Reinterpreting a Victorian Museum
Examine RAMM’s collections within the national context. These sessions give delegates a chance to see exhibits up close with the help of RAMM’s collections team:
Dr Joanne Parker, University of Exeter, Discovering, Preserving, and Romanticising the South West’s Prehistoric Remains in the Nineteenth Century
Dr Angelique Richardson, University of Exeter, Victorian Natural History
Prof Sam Smiles, University of Plymouth, Victorian Art
Dr Paul Young, University of Exeter, Globalization, Great Exhibitions and World Cultures
A panel discussion chaired by renowned broadcaster and journalist John Humphrys (previously advertised as chaired by broadcaster Andrew Marr).
For full details of the panel discussion and study sessions, please download RAMM’s Victorian Weekend brochure.
Throughout the 20th and into the 21st-century, artists, historians, politicians and other social commentators have invoked ‘Victorian values’ as both a tagline to celebrate and a stick with which to beat the generations of British subjects who lived under Queen Victoria’s rule. For some the Victorians put the ‘Great’ into Great Britain. For others the Victorians are the moralistic oppressors whose influence we need to shake off.
The problem with such accounts is that they flatten out and distort the complexity of the Victorian age, ignoring the extent to which vigorous debates and contested visions characterized the period. This panel will bring to life the arguments and challenges that energized the way in which 19th-century commentators thought about Britain and its position in the world. In doing so, it will allow our panellists and audience members to reflect upon what we might take from the Victorian period as we seek to address the issues and problems confronting British society and culture today.
Topics for discussion
Topics for discussion might include: the relationship of the state to private enterprise; industrial progress and environmental damage; religious beliefs and scientific orthodoxies; civilizing missions and imperial intervention; women’s rights; child protection; the value of austerity; taxation and Big Society; education and social discipline; immigration, emigration and what it means to be British; museums and the use of the past; binge-drinking and sobriety.
A weekend exploring RAMM’s Victorian legacy
Part of a weekend exploring RAMM’s Victorian legacy. RAMM was built as a memorial to Prince Albert and its reopening in December 2011 coincided with the 150th anniversary of his death. This is a fitting time to explore the Victorians and their relationship with the museum. Weekend ticket, £55 (£50). Includes entry to Friday’s panel discussion, entry to sessions on Saturday, refreshments and light lunch on Saturday.
The Du Maurier Festival 2012
Corinna Wagner: From Keats to Betjeman
Date: Friday 18th May 2012
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Fowey Hall Hotel
Booking: booking details below
From Keats to Betjeman: Nostalgia, the Gothic and the South West
Over the last two centuries, South West writers have developed a regional aesthetic, which uses the past to respond to modernization. Writers as diverse as John Keats, William Golding and John Betjeman are part of a literary movement privileging the particular and the regional in response to political, social and scientific changes that they saw as damaging to communities. In their different ways, the writers used the literary artefacts and visual imagery of the medieval or gothic past in order to promote localized models of community. Dr Corinna Wagner considers the effects of this movement on the shape of communities – physical and cultural – in the South West.
How to Book
- Online booking now available to Patrons: click here to book now
- Online booking available to general public from 26th March
- To book via phone and for additional information please call 01726 879500
- To become a patron and be eligible for advance booking click here
Fowey Hall Hotel
Fowey, Cornwall, , PL23 1ET
Come to Page to Screen, the Bridport Film Festival, April 13-17, 2011. This is a festival dedicated to the special relationship between the written word and the moving image. It is curated by Jonathan Coe and speakers include: Kazuo Ishiguro, director Bill Forsyth, Miranda Carter, screenwriter and director Rowan Joffe and poetry and music from Jack Stanley and Jim Dvorak.
Find details and the programme here:
and my talk here: