In the belief that museums devoted to the late Victorians play an important part in our understanding of them, we published a first list of 69 shrines in September 2008, with the help of a number of correspondents on VICTORIA and others of THE OSCHOLARS editorial team.  For the second edition, we added a further 55, with 46 more in the third, another 10 for the fourth, six more for the fifth, a further eight for the sixth edition, at the end of 2014 another eleven, and five more in July 2015 totalling 210.

The emphasis is on people who lived a substantial part of their lives between c.1880 and 1910, the exceptions being Poe, included because of his long influence on the fin-de-siècle, Bulwer Lytton, who died in 1873, and Comte, who is under studied to-day but whose thought was also influential. Occasionally we stray from the Shrine to the Collection (e.g. Conan Doyle, Gide), and, somewhat whimsically, we have also included Sherlock Holmes, twice. The list will be expanded from time to time, and we will add further information. New additions and visit-based accounts are sought.

Page created September 2008.  Updated 3rd November 2008; 18th April 2010; 25th April 2011; 10th February 2012; 16th February 2014; 26th December 2014; 13th July 2015; 7th February 2016.

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The LitHouses Group – Literary Homes and Museums of Great Britain
The LitHouses Group held its 12th Annual Conference – “Promoting Place Through Partnership” – in Hardy Country, at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester on Friday 13th November – see “2015 Conference Schedule” below.
The LitHouses Conference is a unique annual opportunity to spend time with literary house and museum custodians from all over the country.
  • LitHouses 12th Annual Conference
    “Promoting Place Through Partnership”
    Friday 13th November 2015
    Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, Dorset
    10:30 Registration & Coffee – Dorset County Museum
    11:00 Welcome & Introduction to Thomas Hardy
    Jon Murden, Dorset County Museum
    The LitHouses Group – Update from Members
    with reference to experiences of partnerships
    13:00 Lunch & Conversation
    14:30 “Writing Places”
    Tracey Guirey, CEO of Literature Works – a new partnership set up by three charities:
    Literature Works, The Poetry Archive and The National Trust
    15:00 “Learning and Creative Partnerships in Special Places”
    Marie McLeish, Learning & Engagement Officer, Hardy’s Cottage and
    Learning Projects Manager, South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, Dorset AONB
    15:30 “Academic Partnerships”
    Dr Oliver Cox FRSA, Knowledge Exchange Fellow, University of Oxford
    16:00 Tea & General Discussion
    16:30 Tour of Dorset County Museum
    including The Literary Gallery, with time for viewing other collections
    19:00 Reception – light refreshments and entertainment from The New Hardy Players
  • Saturday 14th November
    09:00 Minibus departs Dorchester
    09.30 Tour of Hardy’s Cottage (Thomas Hardy’s birthplace)
    11.00 Tour of Max Gate (Thomas Hardy’s home in later life)
    12.10 Tour of Came Rectory (home of 19th Century Dorsetshire dialect poet, William Barnes)
    13.00 Minibus arrives back in

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