Special Collections

Grand Tourists and Others: Lunchtime Talks

 A series of talks/events will be held to accompany the exhibition. Places are limited so please book in advance on 0115 846 7777 

ARCHIVES OF TRAVEL: GRAND TOURISTS AND OTHERS
5 May 2016

Gain an insight into the preparations behind the scenes of the exhibition with curator Dr Ross Balzaretti. He explains how the research process for the exhibition took place, and how the resulting exhibits fit into the exciting history of travel since the 16th century.

THE GRAND TOUR OF THE FANSHAWE SISTERS IN 1829
14 June 2016 - Fully booked

In this richly illustrated talk, Professor Charles Watkins and Dr Ross Balzaretti will focus on the Grand Tour of the Fanshawe sisters who ‘did Europe’ in 1829. Using their surviving sketches, letters and poems this talk sheds light on the difficulties and pleasures of travel in the early 19th century.

DANGER AND THE GRAND TOUR
14 July 2016

Mountain precipices, erupting volcanoes, battles, malaria and the ever-present danger of social failure: travel on the 18th-century Grand Tour could be unpleasantly hazardous. Join Sarah Goldsmith (University of York) to explore why Grand Tourists risked such dangers. Could these perils ever be more than a dangerous nuisance?

Image: MS 317. Photograph from an album associated with Prince Leopold c.1884.