The event brings together academics, biographers and curators to explore the ways in which the life stories of well-known individuals are preserved and presented through the architecture and material culture of their homes. Talks on musicians’, architects’ and writers’ houses will focus on the intersections of life-writing and and celebrity through physical spaces and objects. With a plenary lecture by Daisy Hay (Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli, Joseph Johnson) and papers by:
· Gillian Darley (Sir John Soane)
· Lucy Walker (Benjamin Britten’s The Red House)
· James Grasby (Edward Elgar Birthplace)
· Alexandra Harris (William Cowper, John Clare and Virginia Woolf)
· Frankie Kubicki (Charles Dickens Museum)
· Nicola Watson (Shakespeare’s New Place)
The colloquium will conclude with a round table discussion featuring Head of Specialist Advice for the National Trust, Nino Strachey, biographer and broadcaster Alexandra Harris, and art historian and curator Serena Dyer.