Welcome back to Chawton House Library Conversations. First launched on Sunday 8 March 2015 in celebration of International Women’s Day, our monthly podcast is a round up of news, events and highlights, helping you stay connected with Chawton House Library wherever you are.
This month we hear from our November-December 2015 Visiting Fellow Professor Clara Tuite from the University of Melbourne. Clara talks about her work on British Romanticism à la Werther for her British Association for Romantic Studies Fellowship, her published work and also reflects on the Marilyn Butler Conference which took place here at Chawton House Library on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December.
Professor Ian Haywood from the University of Roehampton and President of the British Association of Romantic Studies comments on Marilyn Butler’s pioneering research on the literature of the 1770-1830 period, and discusses his involvement in the BARS fellowship for a mid-career or senior scholar in Romantic Period Literature offered at Chawton House Library.
Looking forward to 2016, our Executive Director Gillian Dow tells us about some of the exciting events in the year ahead. Alongside our renowned lecture series, we have a new exhibition opening; ‘Emma at 200: from English Village to Global Appeal’. And it’s the year of the Charlottes as we host conferences on both Charlotte Bronte and Charlotte Smith. We also welcome our new Events and Communications Officer, Victoria Wright. She tells us why she came to Chawton and gives us a taste of what’s to come.
We also caught up with some of our volunteers at the Volunteers’ Christmas celebration. We hear from our volunteer coordinator Ian Beveridge and one of our newer recruits Gill Ellis on what it’s like to be a volunteer here at Chawton House Library.