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The Journal of Victorian Culture editorial team is pleased to announce our latest issue 23.2. Our focus this quarter is the Victorian world outside the academy and the way in which the nineteenth century is presented and imagined in museums and digital heritage.

In ‘Curating the Victorians’, our Victorians Beyond the Academy Feature, Victorianists from different disciplinary backgrounds explore what it means to curate the nineteenth century. Gail Marshall examines how and why we might think about curating the Victorians, while Jack Gann and Lauren Padgett consider how ‘Victorianisms’ inform museum displays. Looking directly at how academics can work with and within museums, Oli Betts and Rachel Bates explore how their collaborative research roles have produced new ways of thinking about their research. Finally, Jane Hamlett and Hannah Fleming write about how academics and museums can work together. The collection of essays is available to download for the next month…

This year’s first Digital Forum also adopts a curatorial focus in order to consider the roles played by digital resources in the creation and management of collections of relevance for the study of the Victorian age. Featuring contributions from Douglas Dodds (of the V&A), Peter Findlay (of JISC) and Jenny Mitcham (of the Borthwick Institute), this instalment of the DF explores issues ranging from the digitisation of historical artefacts to the storage and presentation of those artefacts as ‘surrogates’ in a digital environment. As ever, the DF is free to download…

The issue also features two research articles – Clare Nally continues the public history theme with a piece on Cross Bones Graveyard in Southwark and the changing representation of Victorian prostitutes while Luke Reynolds looks at the cultural significance of the Duke of Wellington’s Waterloo Dinners. And as usual we review some of the most important new books in Victorian Studies.

Happy Reading!

Jane Hamlett, Chris Donaldson and Zoe Alker