A Curious Invitation: Lectures at Carlyle's House

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Latest update 08.07.2014 17:24

Join us for a series of intriguing and wide ranging lectures by A Curious Invitation, in collaboration with the National Trust, all set within the beautiful backdrop of Carlyle's Iconic house.

A Curious Invitation is a new venture from Suzette Field of 'The Last Tuesday Society', bringing parties, lectures, workshops and more to London and beyond. Having published a book with the same name, Suzette casts her professional eye over some famous fictional festivities: taking place everywhere from ancient Babylon in 500 BC to outer space in the distant future.

With subjects ranging from examining the lost art of music halls to exploring the mysterious world of Taxidermy, there is sure to be something of interest for everyone. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

 

Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy with Dr Pat Morris
Thursday 7th August 2014
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm
Adults £15.00

Walter Potter was one of the most famous Victorian taxidermists of this style, displaying his creations in his museum in his hometown of Bramber, West Sussex. The museum was kept open long after his death, at the age of 83 in 1918, run by his daughter and her husband, and then their son and his wife, enjoying visits from the Bloomsbury group, Diana Dors and Queen Mary. Eventually sold, it ended up at Jamaica Inn in Cornwall, sharing the space with a collection of Daphne du Maurier memorabilia, but then in 2003 was auctioned off piecemeal, a reported £1m bid by Damien Hirst to preserve the collection intact for the nation apparently arriving too late to save it.

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The Victorian Asylum with Lloyd Shepherd
Thursday 4th September 2014
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm
Adults £15.00

In the early 19th century, the treatment of madness was a confused combination of ignorance and new knowledge. The great asylum of Bethlem was in the process of moving to Lambeth, in a new purpose-built building but with an out-of-date programme of 'treatments' which involved a barbarous combination of blood-letting, drugging, emetics and seclusion. A new notion of moral therapy was beginning to emerge, the forerunner of modern psychiatry, but for every proponent of this more modern outlook there was one who thought madness was either God's judgement, or a mystery. This world would soon give way to the massive asylums and public health projects of the Victorian era, and its confusion is told in the stories of three very different sufferers: the mad King George III, Mary Lamb, and William Cowper.

Lloyd Shepherd is the author of the acclaimed historical mysteries The English Monster, The Poisoned Island and 2014's Savage Magic.

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