Friday Fieldtrip – Expressions of Interest

BAVS 2015 delegates are invited to indicate their interest in attending the Friday afternoon fieldtrip, led by Dr Simon Morgan of Leeds Beckett University. This is an alternative to attending the Friday afternoon panels, 2-5pm, which can be viewed on our programme here on our wordpress site, Victorian Age(s).

This does not mean making an absolute commitment at this stage – it is for the purpose of allowing us to plan transport and logistics. Please indicate if you would be interested by emailing us at by 29 July 2015. A description of the fieldtrip appears below:

Leeds Field Trip

On this field trip we will be exploring Victorian Leeds through the eyes of Dr John Deakin Heaton. Almost forgotten today, Heaton had a hand in many of the institutions of the Victorian city, including the Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, and what became Leeds University. Heaton’s wife, Fanny, was a promoter of female higher education, one of the founders of the Leeds Girls’ School and a friend of Emily Davies. His sister, Ellen, was an art collector and feminist, being a correspondent of John Ruskin and an early patron of Rossetti. Starting at the University, the trip will follow the online walking tour from the Heaton Map Project, inspired by Heaton’s journals. Depending on numbers, the tour will be part or wholly led by Dr Simon Morgan of Leeds Beckett University, author of the Heaton Map, and will include a tour of the Leeds Library, the city’s famous 18th Century subscription library, where both J. D. and Ellen Heaton were members.


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