Workshop: Packaging the Past for Children, 1750-1914

Packaging the Past for Children, 1750-1914
6 – 7 July 2016
Durham Castle
Registration is FREE (places limited)
Deadline for Registration is 5pm, Monday 20 June 2016

Workshop held in conjunction with the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Durham University.

Links to the Programme and Abstracts, plus Registration, are at:

About the Workshop

This workshop offers an opportunity to broaden scholarly understandings of the uses of the past by comparing and assessing the cultural work of different pasts in Britain in the long nineteenth century.

Short papers will investigate the materials and texts produced for and by children as well as representations of real or imagined childhoods. Scholars from a variety of disciplines will speak about a range of pasts – from the prehistoric and classical to the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Tudor and Civil War periods. Museum professionals will demonstrate how they display and explain the nineteenth-century past to children. Papers and presentations will juxtapose literary, material, visual and performance cultures, while the format allows generous time for discussion of future directions in the field.

Confirmed speakers
Eileen Atkins (Culture Bridge North East)
Adelene Buckland (English, Kings College London)
Melanie Keene (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University)
Helen Lovatt (Classics, Nottingham University)
Rosemary Mitchell (History, Leeds Trinity University)
Joanne Parker (English, Exeter University)
Sarah Price (Palace Green Library, Durham University)
Ellie Reid (Oxfordshire History Centre)
Simon Woolley (Beamish Museum)
Virginia Zimmerman (Bucknell University, USA)
Bennett Zon (Music, Durham University)

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