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Over the Wall: Cultures of Collecting
19 November, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This is an online event.
This evening will explore two over-lapping cultural movements in Blackburn, Lancashire: the dialect poets and the culture of book collecting, which emerged in the mid-19th century. Both movements were in response to radical cultural change generated by the industrial revolution; both focused on reimaginings of the self and society through education.
The dialect poets espoused societal change through their impromptu verse in pubs and clubs, while the book collectors shaped self-definitions through accumulation of perceived culture from outside conventional societal boundaries. Using the books themselves, Cynthia Johnston will discuss the collectors’ intentions and experiences, and Jamie Holman will present his contemporary work in reaction to the poets and the collectors who rode waves of cultural creativity which enabled new perceptions of the self in society. Holman’s work proposes the emergence of culture through the manifestation of working class communities including youth subcultures, trade unions, political activism, mill workers, miners, football, painters and poets; locating these shared histories as ‘Future Folklore.’
In partnership withBlackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information service, University Centre Blackburn College
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