Monthly Archives: January 2014


Oh no! Happy hunting!

Darkened not dormant


I bring you breaking news from the Museum of Natural History. As you all know, the Museum has been closed for over a year and, during that time, a number of our specimens have been popping up in unlikely places around Oxford city centre.

The Goes to Town project has seen a penguin in the fish mongers, a bank vole in the bank and a book worm in a book shop. All was going swimmingly until today.

3.RachelSeriousWe’ve been receiving reports from several of our Goes to Town venues that there’s been a breakout. The snowy owl has vanished from the University Church, the edible insects have escaped from the Turl St Kitchen and a white rabbit is on the loose from the Central Library. There’s trouble afoot.

We’ve put together a special bulletin of Oxford University Museum of Natural History News.

Reporters Bethany Palumbo, Jess Suess and Scott Billings…

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Dickens the Letter Writer

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Saturday 1 March 2014, 11am–5.30 pm 

This one-day symposium at Wolfson College, Cambridge will consider Dickens’s letter writing in the context of his life and novels, with papers from leading Dickensian scholars including Michael Slater, Jenny Hartley and Paul Schlicke. Presented and hosted by the Dickens Fellowship, with generous support from Wolfson College, the symposium will pay tribute to Margaret Brown and her lifetime work editing Dickens’s letters.
ANGUS EASSON: ‘“A Dickens Letter! – Is It or Ain’t It?”: Some Forgeries and Some Questions’
JENNY HARTLEY: ‘Letters in Dickens’s Novels’
LEON LITVACK: ‘Dickens’s Irish Friends and Family Ties in the Letters’
PAUL SCHLICKE: ‘Reading between the Lines: Dickens and his Second-Best Scottish Friend’
MICHAEL SLATER: ‘Dangerous Quarrying: Dickens’s Letters and the Biographer’
Fee: £21.00 (includes a sandwich lunch, morning and afternoon tea and coffee, and a wine reception)
Contact: Dr Christine Corton, Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB (

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