Small Worlds: Historic Dolls’ Houses from the 18th and 19th Centuries Symposium

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Date / time: 6 November, 9:45 am - 5:30 pm

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Small Worlds: Historic Dolls' Houses from the 18th and 19th Centuries Symposium

Small Worlds, the current exhibition at No. 1 Royal Crescent, aims to go beyond showing dolls’ houses simply as exquisite collector’s items by exploring wider themes, such as the part they played in girls education and women’s history, links with philanthropy (because toys for wealthy children were often furnished with the labours of the poorest), and their importance as material culture. We are holding a special day symposium to explore further some of these themes.

To be chaired by Adrian Tinniswood and featuring Liza Antrim in conversation with Antiques Roadshow’s Fergus Gambon.

The event will bring together a panel of speakers who are experts in their fields. Kathryn Jones, Curator of Decorative Arts, The Royal Collection, will talk about Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House while curators from the V&A and the National Trust showcase other national treasures and their links with the English Country House.

The idea of dolls houses as ‘emotional objects’ and their connection with philanthropy and the history of childhood is explored by Professor Joanne Bailey of Oxford Brooks and Dr. Mary Claire Martin of  Greenwich University. While symbolic inspiration for film and literature, in particular the ghost story and all things gothic, is covered by Lucy Arnold of Leeds University in a splendidly named paper, ‘Shrinking in Terror’!

Tickets £55 Students £35

A limited number of bursary places are available to full or part time students. Please visit our website to book your place, see a copy of the full programme and to download our bursary application form.

Lunch and an exhibition drinks reception at No. 1 Royal Crescent is included within the ticket price. If you have any questions about the symposium please email our Events Officer, Kate Rogers