Professor Graeme Gooday and Professor Abigail Harrison-Moore will discuss how they engaged their audiences with the fascinating yet hazardous arrival of electricity into the Victorian country house.
Electrifying the Country House is an AHRC-funded impact project to engage audiences of all kinds with this story, as documented in Graeme Gooday’s Domesticating Electricity (2008).
Working with Cragside, Standen and Lotherton Hall, they have produced on-line resources for key stage 2 children, family trails, animations to be used by volunteer explainers with a wide range of audiences. This talk will explore how the cultural, social, aesthetic and political histories of electricity can engage visitors of all ages not just in country houses, but in other heritage sites too.
Professor Graeme Gooday is Head of School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, and Professor of History of Science and Technology at the University of Leeds. Broadly interested in the history of technology post-1870, his current research focuses on the cultural history of electrical technology.
Professor Abigail Harrison-Moore is Head of School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds. She teaches on all aspects of museum, gallery and heritage studies and her research explores the significance of the Arts and Crafts Movement, furniture history and the art market.
This event is part of the Cultural Institute's autumn public lectures series, which showcases new research with partners at the University of Leeds. The talk is free and will include refreshments.