Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Lives of Houses

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 9:30am-5.30pm
Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD

A one-day colloquium convened by Oliver Cox & Sandra Mayer, and hosted by OCLW in collaboration with TORCH, will bring together academics, biographers and curators to explore the ways in which the life stories of well-known individuals are preserved and presented through the architecture and material culture of their homes. Talks on musicians’, architects’ and writers’ houses will focus on the intersections of life-writing and notions of fame and celebrity through physical spaces and objects. A plenary lecture by Daisy Hay on “Writing Space in Mr and Mrs Disraeli and Dinner with Joseph Johnson” and papers by:

  • Gillian Darley (Sir John Soane)
  • Lucy Walker (Benjamin Britten’s The Red House)
  • James Grasby (Edward Elgar Birthplace)
  • Alexandra Harris (William Cowper, John Clare and Virginia Woolf)
  • Frankie Kubicki (Charles Dickens Museum)
  • Nicola Watson (Shakespeare’s New Place)

Finally, a round table featuring Head of Specialist Advice for the National Trust, Nino Strachey, biographer and broadcaster Alexandra Harris, and art historian and curator Serena Dyer, the expert panel will cast a spotlight on the strategies available to those who open and present these houses to the public today.

Booking essential! Click here to reserve your place.

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Photo by Annie Spratt (CC0 1.0)