Join us in the Museum Lecture Theatre for a queer exploration of V&A history, following in the footsteps of supernatural fiction writer and queer icon Vernon Lee. Born Violet Paget, she was a member of the Aesthetic Movement and a regular visitor to the V&A. We will be exploring museum objects that address the extraordinary range of themes and interests in Vernon’s life as set out in her diaries and numerous published works between the 1880s and 1930s.
Debonair group The Drakes will explore female masculinity and historical androgyny to evoke the spirit of this most mysterious and original figure. Expert knowledge on Vernon Lee will be provided by Dr Francesco Ventrella, whose research delves into feminist and queer interventions in aesthetics and art history.
This event is part of the Being Human festival - the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. As our festival events are free, not everyone who asks for tickets come to our events. To make sure we have a full house, we allocate more tickets than there are seats. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people. Admission is on a first-come-firstserved basis, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event.