The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies and the Northern Nineteenth-Century Network is pleased to announce a one-day colloquium, to take place at Leeds Trinity University on Friday 17th April 2015.
The centrality of objects to Victorian families, homes, and public culture, is pervasive in Victorian literature and culture: the auction in Vanity Fair; the jewellery Dorothea denies herself in Middlemarch; the Great Exhibition. The nineteenth century also saw the founding and expansion of some of Britain’s best-loved museums such as the Victorian and Albert Museum and the opening up of the National Gallery and British Museum to cheap public entry.
Recent developments in material culture and thing theory have highlighted objects’ diverse practical as well as symbolic functions. Our aim for the day is to discuss the wonderful world of Victorian collecting, hoarding and curating, analysing why objects were so significant to the Victorian era.
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