Classics in 19thC British children’s culture

Please see below for details of a workshop examining the uses of different pasts among children in nineteenth-century Britain.

Papers include Prof. Helen Lovatt on ‘Re-packaging epic heroism: Victorian Argonauts for adults and children’ and Professor Virginia Zimmerman on ‘Bringing Egypt Home: Children’s Encounters with Ancient Egypt in the Long Nineteenth Century’ as well as comparative analysis of classical and medieval themed games and toys.

**This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Please register at by Monday 20th
Packaging the Past for Children, c. 1750-1914

Wednesday 6 (1.30 pm-6.30 pm) & Thursday 7 July 2016 (9 am-4 pm)

Senate Suite, Durham Castle, Durham University, UK
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 who 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.
Refreshments will be provided, along with lunch on the second day.
There will be a dinner on Wed 6 (at own cost, at The Town House, Durham).

Participants are required to register by Monday 20th June. The form, provisional schedule, and paper abstracts are here:

Organisers: Dr Rachel Bryant Davies and Dr Barbara Gribling

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


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