English Literary Heritage Conference

Friday 18 September 2015, Room 243, Senate House

This interdisciplinary conference aims to consider the interpretation of literary heritage objects in archives, museums and literary houses. It aims to stimulate an inclusive discussion about new and innovative ways to preserve and exhibit literary manuscripts and objects, drawing on the expertise of academics, curators and archivists.  The conference is part of the “English Literary Heritage: Curation, Innovation and Outreach” project at the Institute of English Studies. 


Jeff Cowton (The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere) ‘Beyond Words’


  • Early bird fees (until 31 May): Full delegate fee: £25; IES students/members concessionary fee: £20
  • Normal fees (after 31 May): Full delegate fee: £30; IES students/members concessionary fee: £25


09.00- 09.30:


09.30 -10.00:

Graham Foster, Institute of English Studies

The English Literary Heritage Project: The Future of Public Engagement


Session One: In the Archive

Chair: Dr Cynthia Johnston (IES)

Will Carr, International Anthony Burgess Foundation
'Open By Appointment: Balancing Competing Demands on a Literary Archive’

David McClay, National Library of Scotland
‘Promoting, Accessing and Interpreting Lord Byron: An Archival Response’

Lisa Stead, University of Exeter
‘Making the Intermedial Visible: Elinor Glyn as Novelist/Filmmaker and the Archiving of Intermedial Gendered Labour’

11.30 -11.45: Refreshments

11.45 -13.15:

Session Two: Digital Research

Chair: Professor Simon Eliot (IES)

Andrew Biswell, International Anthony Burgess Foundation/Manchester Metropolitan University.
‘The Biographer vs. the Archivist’

Stephen Gregg, Bath Spa University.
‘Students and Digital Literary Heritage’

Anthony Mandal, Cardiff University
Jekyll 2.0: Literary Texts as Transmedia Experience

13.15 -14.00: Lunch

14.00 -15.30:

Session Three A: Objects and Manuscripts

Chair: Professor Andrew Biswell (International Anthony Burgess Foundation/Manchester Metropolitan University)

Wim Van Mierlo, Loughborough University
The Affect of Manuscripts

Christopher Oghe, University of California, Berkeley.
Editions Inside of Archives: Literary Letters at the Mark Twain Project

Richard Espley, Senate House Library.
Research Heritage and Relics: the Meaning of Shakespeare in a University Library

14.00 -15.30:

Session Three B: Objects and Manuscripts

Chair: TBC

Maryanne Dever, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.
Valentine’s Jacket, or Objects, Intimacy, Aura

Timothy Burnett, British Library
Back to the Manuscripts: Editing A. C. Swinburne

Michael Goodman, Cardiff University
The Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive

15.30 -15.45:  Refreshments

15.45 -17.15:

Session Four: Literary Houses and Places

Chair: Dr Graham Foster (IES)

Allison Adler Kroll, University of Oxford
Hardyan Archaeologies at Max Gate

Carrie Smith, Cardiff University.
Does Place Matter? Toward an Understanding of the Ideology of Place in Archives

Emily Mae Graf, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Author Museums in Transcultural Perspective and the Making of Literary Heroes

17.15 -17.30: Break
17.30-18.30: Jeff Cowton, Wordsworth Trust

Beyond Words
18.30 Wine Reception

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Enquiries: Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; Email: IESEvents@sas.ac.uk