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Yorkshire Tourism in the Eighteenth Century

Saturday 8 December 2012, 10.00AM


Participants include: Ann-Marie Akehurst, John Bonehill, Oliver Cox, Mary Fairclough,  Jonathan Finch, Harriet Guest, David Higgins, Robert Jones, and Emma Major

Travel for pleasure or health in Britain and Ireland first became widely available to the affluent middling classes in the eighteenth century. For much of the period 1700-1830 Britain was at war with at least one of its continental neighbours; possibilities for European travel were severely restricted, and tourism within Britain and Ireland flourished. What did this newly accessible and eagerly grasped freedom to roam mean to the domestic tourist; how did the pictorial representation of journeys or sites shape their sense of themselves or of the country in the crucial period of its transition to becoming a modern and united kingdom?

Following on from last year's very successful workshop on 'The Grand Tour in Britain and Ireland', this event will provide a forum for discussing a series of texts and images relating specifically to Yorkshire. Each speaker will consider an extract or extracts from a text, and/ or an image or series of images, and offer a brief exploration of the possibilities of their chosen materials before opening the floor to discussion.


10.00: Ann-Marie Akehurst (York), 'Broken Stones, Decayed Buildings, and Old Rubbish': genealogy of place, imagination, and identity in early modern York(shire)'
10.30: Oliver Cox (Oxford), 'Back in the Summer of (17)69: domestic tourism and the Yorkshire Petition'

11.30: Jon Finch (York), 'Young's Farmers' Tours: visions of Yorkshire in the eighteenth century
12.00: Harriet Guest (York), 'A Trip to Scarborough'
2.00: David Higgins (Leeds), 'The Wordsworths visit Yorkshire'
2.30: John Bonehill (Glasgow), 'Fairfaxiana: J.M.W Turner at Farnley'
3.30: Mary Fairclough (York), 'Infidel Missionaries: Robert Taylor and Richard Carlile in Leeds'
4.00: Emma Major (York), 'Sibyl, Yorkshire, and the Two Nations'.



Registration is free, but please email to let us know you will be attending.



Location: The King's Manor