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“Diversions in the Victorian Age” in Special Collections

An Exhibit Honoring “Victorian Networks,” the 2012 conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association

Department of Special Collections

976 Memorial Library

September 24 – November 30, 2012

Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Although Queen Victoria is famously credited with the arch comment “We are not amused,” her subjects found diversion and amusement in a wide array of activities, many fostered by new and growing networks of publishing, communication, and transportation. This exhibit, co-curated by Susan Barribeau and Robin Rider, explores varieties of diversions in the Victorian age, drawing upon the holdings of the Department of Special Collections to illustrate pastimes enjoyed by those of high social standing, members of the middle class, and the less fortunate in British society during Victoria’s long reign.

Topics include artistic pursuits, clubs, collecting, confection, fairs, holidays, magic, pets, performances of all sorts, Punch and other forms of satire, recreational reading more generally, resorts and the seaside, salons, singing, sport, toys and games, and travel both grand and modest.

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