This year for Heritage Open Day we are offering a full guided tour of the museum’s galleries and collections on Saturday 14 September at 2pm by the museum’s Curator, Dr Phil Wickham. This will be followed by a public lecture from Professor Tiago de Luca of the University of Warwick.  This uses the museum’s collections and is entitled 'All the Mountains of the Earth’: Visual Culture and Global Travel in Victorian Britain’:

Tiago describes his talk as: follows: 

As immortalised by Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days (1872), the whole world in the second half of the nineteenth century was perceived as navigable and traversable: the site of utopian views and colonialist quests. Looking at a range of Victorian visual spectacles and attractions from The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum collections, this talk will explore how the idea of global travel was exploited in the service of a new form of tourism whereby distant places and cultures were seen as visual objects rather than as sites to be experienced. 

This lecture is supported by The British Academy.

The events are free but you can book a place by emailing [email protected] . Meet at the entrance to the Old Library Building at 2pm.

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