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The Grand Tour Revisited

Kate Williams

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The Grand Tour Revisited

A panel discussion

14 Jul 2015

6.30pm - 8.30pm
 
Free, The Space
 
A panel discussion led by historian and broadcaster Kate Williams that traces The Grand Tour from its history as a rite of passage for young aristocrats, to its legacy in collections.  Includes alternative perspectives, including those of women writers, post-colonial critics and Nottingham's own Lord Byron. With Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum and literary scholars Sharon Ouditt and Carl Thompson.
 
Kate Williams is a historian and broadcaster. A specialist in modern history, royal and constitutional affairs, she's Professor of Modern History at Reading University.
She was the co presenter of BBC 2's RTS nominated Restoration Home and has presented and contributed to many historical shows on TV, including her BBC Two Young Victoria and recent BBC One show on VE Day and travel and talked on shows from The Great British Bake Off to the history of TV election coverage.
 
She's presented two radio documentaries on The History of the Smile and author of Self Help, Samuel Smiles. She appears often on Radio 4 programmes including Today, Woman's Hour, PM, World at One and World Tonight and also on Radio 2 shows including as a historian on the Jeremy Vine and Chris Evans show.
 
Kate is a NYT bestselling author of six historical books. Her biographies of Josephine Bonaparte is being made into a major TV series by Ecosse and her biography of Emma Hamilton is being made into a film.
 
Tim Knox is a British Art and Architectural Historian and Museum Director. He studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and has since been appointed as Assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection in 1989, before moving on to join the National Trust as its Architectural Historian in 1995, becoming Head Curator in 2002. Having been head director of the Sir John Sloane Museum in London from 2005 to 2013, overseeing important restoration work on some of the buildings, he is currently the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge.
 
Sharon Ouditt currently teaches at Nottingham Trent University within the School of Arts and Humanities. Her teaching and writing focus on gender and sexuality in Literature as well as historic travel writing in Italy in the 18th and 19th Centuries. She has published much writing on this subject such as ‘Walking in the footsteps of the illustrious dead: nineteenth-century travellers in Southern Italy’ (Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, 8, 2006) and most recently, Impressions of Southern Italy: British travel writing from Henry Swinburne to Norman Douglas (New York: Routledge, 2013).
 
Carl Thompson is a Reader in English Literature and Travel Writing within the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University.  His research interests span from Romantic literature (with special emphasis on travel-related themes and texts), travel writing and travel theory across all periods of English literature, shipwreck narratives, and women travellers and women's travel writing. Carl’s published works include The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2007), and most recently Sarah Wilson: The Fruits of Enterprise (Pickering and Chatto, 2014).
 
In collaboration with the Centre for Travel Writing at Nottingham Trent University.
 

 

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