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Chawton House Library Lecture & Events Programme 2007
(further events to be confirmed)

  Unless shown otherwise, prices and timings are as follows:
Lecture tickets: £15.00 (£10.00 for Friends & Students)
6.30pm Reception with complimentary wine & canapés
7.00pm Lecture
8.15pm Literary Supper
Supper tickets: £37.50 including reception and lecture
For tickets or further information contact:
Corrine Saint on 01420 541010 or [email protected]


Fellow’s Lecture - ‘Not What They Say But How They Say It’: Language & Character in Jane Austen’s novels

  Thursday 18 January  
  Sandie Byrne is Professor of English and Director of the Oxford University Summer School at Exeter College, where she teaches a course on Austen’s novels. She taught at Oxford University and the University of Lincoln and her book on Hector Hugh Munro (Saki) will be published by Oxford University Press in 2007.


Fellow’s Lecture - Costume History and Women’s Tie-on Pockets

  Thursday 8 March  
  Barbara Burman, Research Fellow, Centre for the History of Textiles & Dress and Curator of the current Pockets of History exhibition at the Museum of Costume, Bath.


Fellow’s Lecture - Sense, Sensibility and Maternal Impressions: Pregnancy in Jane Austen’s Time

  Thursday 26 April  
  Clare Hanson, Professor of English, University of Southampton and author of A Cultural History of Pregnancy: Pregnancy, Medicine & Culture in Britain 1750-2000.


Fellow’s Lecture - Thomas Bewick, Nature’s Engraver

  Friday 15 June  
  Jenny Uglow, author of biographies of William Hogarth, Henry Fielding, Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot, and most recently A Life of Thomas Bewick, the 18th century engraver.


Imagining Transatlantic Slavery and Abolition - 2-day international conference

  16-17 March 2007  
  2007 will be the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British transatlantic slave trade. To mark this event, Dr John Oldfield (University of Southampton) and Professor Cora Kaplan (Southampton and Queen Mary, University of London) are organizing a 2-day international conference on 16 and 17 March, 2007 that will explore cultural and historical representations of slavery and abolition from the eighteenth century through the present. The conference will focus on the relationship between history, cultural memory and transatlantic slavery. It will highlight both historical and contemporary examples, and welcomes papers on all those geographical areas involved in transatlantic slavery, including Africa and the United States, which in 2008 will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the American transatlantic slave trade.

Plenary speakers/panels include: Professor Beth Kowaleski-Wallace, Professor Moira Ferguson, and Professor Catherine Hall.

The conference, co-sponsored by Chawton House Library and the University of Southampton, will be held at Chawton House Library.


Fellow’s Lecture: Highwaymen, Smugglers and Hangings: Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-Century Hampshire

  - date to be confirmed  
  Dr Julie Gammon, University of Southampton
The Introduction of the ‘Bloody Code’ in England between 1688 and 1820 saw the number of crimes which carried the death penalty increase from 50 to over 200. The same period saw the emergence of new, secondary forms of punishment such as the prison and the transportation of felons to America and Australia.

Julie Gammon will examine the incidence of crime and changing treatment of criminals in Hampshire during this turbulent period. The dramatic stories of notorious Highwaymen and Smugglers active in this region during the period will be set into the context of the history of crime and punishment in the long eighteenth century.