William Morris and Thomas Hardy at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings: The Ethos of Cultural Conservation in the Later Nineteenth Century

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Allison Adler Kroll  is finishing a DPhil on the Whig aristocracy at Merton College, Oxford. She completed a previous doctorate in Victorian and modern literature at UCLA and has lectured at UCLA, Loyola Marymount, and UC Irvine. She has published essays on Tennyson and Hardy, in Victorian Poetry and Nineteenth-Century Contexts respectively, and is currently revising her literary thesis, National Faith: Heritage Culture and English Identity from Tennyson to Byatt, for publication in book form.

Though they were only born six years apart, held remarkably similar views about cultural conservation, and contributed crucially to the imaginative and practical management of English heritage culture, William Morris and Thomas Hardy never met, and have rarely been discussed together. One of the connections I have been exploring in my own research is Morris and Hardy’s work at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Founded by Morris in 1877, and…

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