Oliver Betts, Review: Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London Exhibition

The Geffrye Museum, London, 24th March – 12th July 2015 Dr. Oliver Betts is an early-career researcher based at the University of York, where he completed a PhD on working-class domestic space before the First World War.  You can follow him on twitter and he has an academia.edu profile which can be found here. Domestic spaces, and the experiences of home, in the nineteenth century have, in recent years, finally achieved critical attention. The work of historians such as Judith

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Marieke Hendriksen, ‘Consumer culture, self-prescription and status: Nineteenth-century medicine chests in the Royal Navy’

This post accompanies Marieke Hendriksen’s Journal of Victorian Culture article ‘Consumer Culture, Self-Prescription, and Status: Nineteenth-Century Medicine Chests in the Royal Navy’ (2015), which can be downloaded here. In early September 2012, with my PhD thesis under review and a postdoctoral fellowship lined up for October, I arrived at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, for a five-week research project on the medicine chests in the museum’s collections. From the online collection database I had gathered that there were

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Anna Maria Barry, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic – Celebrating 175 Years of the Original Liverpool Sound

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the Liverpool Philharmonic: the UK’s oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra. The occasion has been marked with a major new exhibition in Liverpool, which I was recently able to visit during a research trip to the city. The exhibition traces the story of the Liverpool Philharmonic from its Victorian roots through to the present day. Documents on display give a fascinating insight into the world of nineteenth-century entertainment and celebrity culture. The exhibition is

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Clare Walker Gore, Adventures in Marble and Monochrome: Victorian Sculpture and Photography at Tate Britain

Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860 25 February – 7 June Sculpture Victorious 25 February – 25 May With its fabulous permanent collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Tate Britain always has an embarrassment of riches to offer the Victorian enthusiast, but its latest exhibitions are a further inducement to make the trip to Millbank if you can. Salt and Silver provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of early Victorian photography, bringing together ninety rare salted paper photographs from the mid-nineteenth

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Maho Sakoda, The Exhibition Report: ‘Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends’

Maho Sakoda is a fourth year PhD student at the University of Sussex in Brighton. Her thesis explores the relationship between literature and art in the nineteenth century. It especially focuses on works of George Eliot in relation to her contemporaries in the world of art such as by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Simeon Solomon and Julia Margaret Cameron. It aims to reveal the ways in which the different genres of art collaborated and addressed similar topics relating to

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Exploring Tate Britain’s Victorian Exhibitions: ‘Sculpture Victorious’ and ‘Salt and Silver’

Exploring Tate Britain’s Victorian Exhibitions: ‘Sculpture Victorious’ and ‘Salt and Silver’ Sculpture Victorious: 25 Feb – 25 May 2015 Tate Britain is offering 2 for 1 tickets to its sublime new exhibition Sculpture Victorious: The Beauty and Power of Victorian Sculptureto the Journal of Victorian Culture readers.  To book tickets for this offer enter code: ‘SVVC241’ online at TATE.ORG.UK. The offer is available from Monday 20th April until Monday 11 May. Powerful, beautiful and inventive, the Victorian era was a golden

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Lauren Padgett, Representations of Victorian Women in Museums

Lauren Padgett is a PhD candidate at Leeds Trinity University investigating representations of Victorian women in museums. She is attached to the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies and coordinates its blogs. She worked for several years in the museum industry. Her wider research interests include physical, intellectual and cultural museum access for traditionally marginalised individuals. She is also interested in Bradford’s local history. She tweets @LaurenPadgett24 and can be contacted at 1408014@leedstrinity.ac.uk   Millions of people visit museums, heritage sites and

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