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his interdisciplinary study day will chart the changing social and cultural perceptions of the outdoors during the nineteenth century. Dr Jude Piesse, of Liverpool John Moores University, will deliver the keynote lecture discussing Darwin’s lost childhood garden.

The changing environment in which the Victorians found themselves was affected by the growth of industrial towns and cities. In response to this, green spaces became increasingly important, and the development of public parks in the 1840s and the popularity of suburban gardening and allotments took on considerable significance in many people’s lives. This Study Day will bring together researchers from the creative arts and humanities to explore ways that the lifestyles and environments altered in the Victorian period and consider ways in which early nineteenth century discourse around the environment affected people’s lives, Victorian art, literature and culture in general.

We welcome abstracts (of up to 350 words) for 20-minute papers, along with a brief (100 word) biography, addressing areas relating to the aesthetics of outdoors spaces. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

The aim of the Study Day is to encourage networking between Victorianists in different disciplines within the creative arts and humanities and to highlight the links between research currently being undertaken by PGRs.

Applicants should send abstracts to by 1 February 2024.

Last modified 16 December 2023