Packaging the Past for Children, c.1750-1914

Workshop held in conjunction with the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Durham University.   Organised by Dr Rachel Bryant Davies and Dr Barbara Gribling

Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July 2016, Senate Suite, Durham Castle, Durham University, UK

Free to Attend, and lunch will be provided. Registration Closes on 20 June 2016. To book a place, please go to this webpage:

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.

Confirmed speakers: Eileen Atkins (Culture Bridge North East) Adelene Buckland (English, Kings College London) Melanie Keene (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge) Helen Lovatt (Classics, Nottingham) Rosemary Mitchell (History, Leeds Trinity) Joanne Parker (English, Exeter) Sarah Price (Palace Green Library, Durham) Ellie Reid (Oxfordshire History Centre) Simon Woolley (Beamish Museum) Bennett Zon (Music, Durham).