The BAVS conference 2019 was held at the University of Dundee. You can download the programme here. The 2020 conference will be held at the University of Birmingham in July. See the conference website. Once a year, BAVS also holds the one-day ‘BAVS Talks’ event, a free programme of public talks by leading scholars in Victorian Studies. The most recent ‘BAVS Talks’ took place in Liverpool on 8 May 2019.

In addition to the BAVS Annual conference, which brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss key issues in Victorian studies, here you can find a diverse range of events supported by BAVS funding.

Upcoming BAVS-funded events are:

Archaeology, Museums, and Collections: Exploring the Institutionalization of Archaeology

Location: King’s College London, Virginia Woolf Building
Time: 6pm


Museums in the mid-nineteenth century played an important role in the institutionalisation of archaeology during this time. As Andrew Christenson notes, ‘Museums were really the first professional homes for archaeology, giving tangible expression to archaeological excavations. The collections on display were the scientific equivalent to those of geologists and botanists and help to improve archaeology’s standing as a separate science’.

Museums in the mid-nineteenth century played an important role in the institutionalisation of archaeology during this time. As Andrew Christenson notes, ‘Museums were really the first professional homes for archaeology, giving tangible expression to archaeological excavations. The collections on display were the scientific equivalent to those of geologists and botanists and help to improve archaeology’s standing as a separate science’.

This monthly research group aims to examine the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums and collections. Using archives and archaeological collections in and outside of London, we intend to focus on the hidden histories of marginalised groups whose contributions to the discipline have been largely excluded in the current narrative that shapes the history of archaeology. By engaging with researchers, curators, archivists and art historians, our discussions will examine the various histories of archaeological collections in different forms such as sculptures, photographs, objects, plaster casts and discuss the various ways in which they challenge theories of archaeology that were developed in the nineteenth century.

We want to ensure that the discussions are diverse and cover a wide range of topics. The series will run from September 2018- May 2019 and will consists of talks from curators, lecturers and PhD students.

1. Naomi Daw, PhD student, Univeristy of Sussex (17th September 2018)-Stereoscopic photography, travel and the idea of edutainment

2. Alexandra Jones, Curator, V&A (8th October 2018)-Curating the Maqdala 1868 galleries at the V&A and the importance of the collections at the museum

3. Dr Eleanor Dobson, Lecturer in nineteenth-century literature (November 2018)-Howard Carter’s Tutankhamun publications and manipulation of events and issues of creative licence

4. Nicole Cochrane, PhD student, Kingston Upon Hull (December 2018)-On British collections of ancient sculpture

5. Rebecca Wade (January 2019) title tba

6. Emma Payne (February 2019) title tba

7. Alice Procter (March 2019) title tba

8. Amara Thornton, UCL (April, 2019)- Archaeologies in Print


Celebrating Imperfection: John Ruskin and the Creative Arts in the 21st Century, Friday 17th May, 2019 at the School of Art, Birmingham City University.

Ruskin’s engagement with the creative arts, including fine art, architecture and writing, has led him to become one of the most influential figures of the nineteenth century. His significance endures today, and to celebrate his work and continuing importance in creative work in the 21st century 200 years after his birth, MIVSS and Birmingham City University with the support of BAVS present a one-day interdisciplinary conference aimed at researchers including post‑graduates in all disciplines.
The event will include keynote addresses from Dr Colin Trodd (Manchester) and Professor Sandra Kemp (Director, Ruskin Library, Lancaster), a range of panels, a workshop on teaching Ruskin, an opportunity to examine early Birmingham School of Art work inspired by Ruskin, and a ‘re-reading group’, which will encourage discussion and close reading. An exhibition of student art work inspired by Ruskin will also be on display, and the event will close with a drinks reception and poetry reading in the exhibition space. Contact Serena Trowbridge ( for more info.


Queen Victoria’s contemporaries: born in 1819, Friday 17th May 2019, 12:00-17:00, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Keynotes: Dr Trev Broughton (University of York) on contemporaneity among Victoria’s Victorians, and Dr Gregory Tate (St Andrews) on Arthur Hugh Clough.
Funded by: Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies and BAVS


London and Paris, capitals of the foreign language transnational press (19th-20th Centuries), One Day Symposium
Friday, March 22nd 2019, 09:00-17:30, Treetops, Wates House, University of Surrey

9-9.30: Introduction
Constance Bantman (University of Surrey) and Diana Cooper-Richet (UVSQ, France)
9.30 –12.30: Session 1. Britain, France and Italy.
Chair: StéphaniePrévost, Paris VII University
9. 30-10: Michel Rapoport(CHCSC/UVSQ, France), ‘La presse allophone de langue française dans le Royaume-Uni de 1848 à 1914’
10-10.30: Colette Colligan(University Simon Fraser, Vancouver, Canada), The English-language press in fin-de-siècle Paris.
10.30-11: Discussion and Coffee Break
11-11.30: BénédicteDeschamps(UniversitéParis VII), The press in Italian in France, 19th century.
11.30-12.00: Andrea Del Corno(London Library), Press in Exile: Mazzini’s Journalism and his Intellectual Legacy (1840-1859).
12-12.30: Questions and discussion
12.30-13.30: Lunch
13.30-16.30: Germany and the Lusophone world
Chair: Dawn Marley, University of Surrey
13.30-14: Victor Pereira (Universitéde Pau, France), The Portuguese Press in France (20th century).
14.00 -14.30: Daniel MandurThomaz(University of Oxford), ‘Transatlantic networks: Brazilian intellectuals and war correspondents in the BBC Latin American Service during WW2’.
14.30-15.00: Daniel Laqua(Northumbria University), ‘‘A connecting link between the working-class movements of both sides of the North Sea’? The German socialist press in London, 1886-1909’.
15.00 –15.30: Camille Creyghton(University of Amsterdam),The German exile press in Paris, 1830-1848.
15.30-16.30: Discussion and Coffee break
16.30-17: Concluding remarks by Laurel Brake, Professor Emerita of Literature and Print Culture, Birkbeck, University of London, ‘Media History: Re-defining ‘the press’’.


BAVS-Sponsored Events

Events Archive

Art on the Move: Mobility in the Long Nineteenth Century

Friday 12th of January 2018 - Saturday 13th of January 2018University of Birmingham

Keynote Speakers: Pamela Fletcher Tapati Guha Thakurta In the nineteenth century the circulation of works of art developed into its recognisably modern form. The forces of increasingly globalized capitalism, imperial routes and new means of transport, coupled with the growing reach of advertising and the press caused an unprecedented movement of artists, goods and materials. …

Read more »

Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century

Thursday 7th of September 2017Liverpool Hope University

A one-day interdisciplinary conference with keynote by Professor Mary Hammond (University of Southampton)

Read more »

Victorians Unbound: Connections and Intersections (BAVS annual conference 2017)

Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 - Thursday 24th of August 2017Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Kate Flint, University of Southern California, Dana & David Dornsife College

Professor Mike Huggins, University of Cumbria

Professor Sir Christopher Ricks, Boston University

Opening Roundtable Speakers:

Edwina Ehrman, Victoria and Albert Museum

Dr Kate Hill, University of Lincoln

Professor Francesco Marroni, University of G. d’ Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara

Read more »

The Coarseness of the Brontës: A Reappraisal

Thursday 10th of August 2017 - Friday 11th of August 2017Durham University

This two-day conference, scheduled for the 10th to 11th August 2017, aims to re-evaluate the charge of ‘coarseness’ so often directed at the Brontë family. In early critical appraisals of the Brontës’ writings, accusations of ‘coarseness’ appear frequently. Although Jane Eyre(1847) was an instant bestseller, Elizabeth Rigby famously attacked the book as ‘coarse’ and accused Charlotte of …

Read more »

Arthur Symons at the Fin de Siècle

Friday 21st of July 2017Goldsmiths University of London

A one day Symonsposium Keynote Speakers: Marion Thain (New York University) Nick Freeman (Loughborough University) Arthur Symons (1865-1945) is the dominant figure in English Decadent verse of the late nineteenth century. Some of his best poems had already perfected some of the techniques often attributed to the modernists, distilling the energy of the impression in …

Read more »

George MacDonald’s Scotland

Wednesday 19th of July 2017 - Friday 21st of July 2017University of Aberdeen

This three day conference will be held from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st of July 2017 in the Old Aberdeen Campus of the University of Aberdeen. It will explore all aspects related to the Scottish upbringing, education and heritage of the cleric, polymath and writer of fantastic literature George MacDonald. It aims to fathom the importance of this facet in his enduring …

Read more »

Medicine and Mystery Study Day: The Dark Side of Science in Victorian Fiction

Thursday 8th of June 2017 - Thursday 8th of June 2017National University of Ireland, Galway

A Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA) NUI Galway Study Day

Read more »

Hardy Study Day: The Woodlanders

Saturday 22nd of April 2017The Corn Exchange, Dorchester

This day of talks, seminars and interactive displays, will focus on The Woodlanders, on the 130th anniversary of the publication of what Hardy once called his ‘best novel’

Read more »

The Northern Nineteenth-Century Network (NNCN): Water

Friday 7th of April 2017Leeds Trinity University

Omnipresent yet largely ignored, this one-day conference brings water in the long nineteenth century into focus

Read more »

George Egerton and the fin de siècle

Friday 7th of April 2017 - Saturday 8th of April 2017Loughborough University

A two-day conference organised by the Cultural Currents (1870-1930) Research Group

Read more »

After Dickens

Friday 2nd of December 2016 - Saturday 3rd of December 2016University of York

A two-day conference that aims to bring together new research into Dickens’s afterlife and legacy, from his influence on Victorian literature, social reform and literary criticism to biographies, reminiscences and re-imaginings in the twentieth century and beyond.

Read more »

Tea with the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt in the Modern Imagination

Friday 23rd of September 2016 - Saturday 24th of September 2016University of Birmingham

A two-day conference exploring the intense fascination with ancient Egypt that permeated the cultural imagination in the nascent nineteenth century and beyond

Read more »

Annual Conference 2016, Consuming (the) Victorians

Wednesday 31st of August 2016 - Friday 2nd of September 2016Cardiff University

A conference that is concerned with the complexity and diversity of Victorian consumer cultures and also seeks to consider our contemporary consumption of the Victorians.

Including a reception in the Impressionist galleries, with access to the Victorian art gallery, followed by an organ recital and conference dinner, National Museum Cardiff, and a house tour of Cardiff Castle, with interior decoration by Victorian architect William Burges.

Read more »

Forgotten Geographies in the Fin de Siècle

Friday 8th of July 2016 - Saturday 9th of July 2016Birkbeck College, University of London

A two-day conference exploring forgotten geographies in the fin de siècle

Read more »