Consuming (the) Victorians

2016 Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies

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Your Guide to BAVS 2016

BAVS poster_castleJust over a week now to the start of BAVS 2016: ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’!

To help you navigate your way around the conference and the conference website, we’ve prepared a brief summary of all the things you’ll need to make your BAVS experience a success.

Getting to Cardiff

We have provided a handy travel guide on our website with instructions for getting to the city of Cardiff by air,­ rail, coach, and car.

Most of ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’ takes place in the Cardiff Business School’s flagship Postgraduate Teaching Centre (PTC), which is a short walk (15 mins) away from Cardiff city centre. The first two keynotes will take place in the Julian Hodge building. Please note that this information supersedes our previous message about the first keynote taking place in the Law Lecture Theatre; we have now been able to move the first keynote to the Julian Hodge, but will only get access to the lecture theatre at 1.  The Julian Hodge building adjoins the PTC and can be reached from the PTC side exit near the Ground Floor seminar rooms. Please see the PTC Ground Floor and Julian Hodge floor plans at the back of the Programme booklet.

You can download a location guide of the conference venue and surrounding area at this link. Floor plans for all the venues are available in your delegate packs, and on the ‘Conference Venue’ page of our website.

Time and Location of Registration

Registration will take place on in the concourse of the Cardiff Business School Postgraduate Teaching Centre, the main conference venue. There will be signs directing you to the appropriate locations.

Registration will open in the PTC in 0.04 on 31 August at 8:30 a.m., and will continue throughout the day.  For delegates arriving on Tuesday 30 August we will have early registration (again in 0.04) between 2 and 4 p.m. (Delegates who arrive a day in advance are welcome to attend the Dickens roundtable in the PTC Lecture Theatre 0.16 at 6 p.m.) For delegates only attending the second or third days of the conference, registration will be open throughout the conference day on September 1st and 2nd, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Please note that the BAVS 2016 PGR/ECR workshops will start at 9 a.m. sharp on the 31st. if you are attending these workshops you will need to register early, either the day before or on the day by 8:45 a.m.

The Programme

The most current version of the programme, with up-to-the-minute revisions, is available on the conference website. Here you can also find information on the keynote speakers, special sessions, musical interludes, and various exhibitions that will be taking place at BAVS 2016.

Please double-check the venue on the website or your revisions sheet before you proceed to a location – for example, the first keynote now takes place in the Julian Hodge building, and not the Law Lecture Theatre. Again, you will find a floor plan for each venue in your programme booklet.

You will also find printed copies of the programme and abstracts booklets in your delegate pack.

Please note that papers are limited to 20 minutes. In order to allow space for introductions and discussion, we encourage you to aim for no more than 18 minutes.

Curving glass roof and arched Venetian windows of the Morgan Arcade, a restored Victorian shopping arcade in Cardiff, Wales

Curving glass roof and arched Venetian windows of the Morgan Arcade, a restored Victorian shopping arcade in Cardiff, Wales

Getting online

Free internet will be available at the conference venue, with instructions for getting online available in your delegate packs. In addition to our conference website, you can find us on Twitter at @BAVS2016. We will be tweeting live from the conference using the hashtag #BAVS2016 – please feel free to join the conversation! You can also check in at our Facebook Event, ‘BAVS 2016’.


For those staying in University accommodation, your buildings can be found in either Colum Hall on the opposite side of Colum Road, in Aberconway Hall, or in Talybont; for Colum Road and Aberconway Hall breakfast takes place in the refectory of the Julian Hodge building; delegates staying at Talybont will have breakfast served in Talybont.

Please see our accommodation page for key pickup instructions and contact information for the accommodation halls.

Emergency Contacts

We will do everything in our power to ensure a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for you at BAVS 2016. In case of emergencies, however, here are some helpful contacts:

  • South Wales Police – 999
  • South Wales Fire & Rescue Service – 999
  • Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust – 999
  • Cardiff University Security – 029 2087 4444 (24-hour security control room)
  • Dragon Taxis – 029 2033 3333 |
  • Cardiff Bus – 029 2066 6444 |
  • DAN 24/7 Drug and Alcohol Helpline – 0808 8082234
  • LGBT Cymru Helpline – 0800 023 22 01
  • Nightline – 02920 870 555
  • Sexual assault referral centre (SARC) – 02920 335 795

Make Yourself at Home

Once you’re in Cardiff, you might find our suggestions for eating out and things to do in the neighbourhood useful. If you’re looking to learn a few words of Welsh, you can find a handy list of phrases (with pronunciation guide) here – or here if you’re looking for something student-oriented.

You can e-mail us at or tweet to us at @BAVS2016 during the conference with any queries. Conference organisers and volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions during ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’. You will recognise us by our red lanyards.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Cardiff Bay

Special Session: Sidney Paget

Two of our three special sessions at BAVS 2016 are now full, but there are still a few spaces left in Kurita Kuusisto’s Sidney Paget exhibition (Friday 2 September, 10.30-11.20):

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Sidney Paget exhibition

Curated by Kurita Kuusisto (Cardiff University)

Special Collections (Arts and Social Studies Library)

Friday 2 September, 10.30-11.20

This session is limited to 16 attendees. Attendance by prior registration (e-mail:

This exhibition showcases the illustrative work of the artist and illustrator Sidney Paget (1860-1908), concentrating on his work for the Strand Magazine.

The exhibition shows examples of Paget’s work on Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Rodney Stone’ stories, while exploring how the changes in the publication process affected the appearance of the illustrations throughout the years. The exhibition also gives visitors a chance to look at bound volumes of the Strand Magazine housed in the Special Collections and Archives.

Biographical details: Karita Kuusisto is a PhD student at the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University. She has a BA in History of Art from the University of York and an MSc in Modern and Contemporary Art from the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the work of the artist and illustrator Sidney Paget and the role of the illustrator in the process of making illustrated periodicals in the late Victorian era. Her research interests include illustration, periodical press and photography in the nineteenth century.

Cardiff’s Victorian Arcades

wales238Caroline Langley, researcher (via the CUROP initiative) on the BAVS2016 Arcades Tour, has been blogging about her work on the history of Cardiff’s Victorian Arcades. Interested to learn more about the mystery of Cardiff’s ‘royal’ baby, or crime in the Cardiff Arcades? Carrie has a short post on each.

Below is an excerpt from ‘Changing Forms of Retail in the Arcades’:

There are similarities between the type of goods that are sold in the arcades in Cardiff today and those that were sold in 1909. The arcades were filled with milliners, drapers and dressmakers selling items which are in many ways similar to the items sold in clothes shops today. Despite this, however, the Cardiff Directory from 1909 suggests a completely different approach to retail with a far bigger emphasis on the individuals who own the businesses than we see now.


There’s still time to join Martin Willis, Ruth McElroy, and Caroline Langley for a series of Cardiff Arcades tours. The tours will take place on September 1st (day two of BAVS 2016) at 1.45pm and 2.30pm, starting at Castle Arcade. They take around 40 minutes. More information can be found in our original post, and you can book your place here (limited availability):

If you can’t make it on the tour, or if you’re looking to whet your appetite in advance of the conference, you can read more at: Carrie will continue to update the blog over the coming weeks.

Menu Options (Reception and Conference Dinner)

The BAVS 2016 conference reception and dinner will be held at the National Museum in Cardiff.


The reception will involve the following canapees:

· Chicken and leek tart with truffle mash
· Crispy Pembrokshire Potao, Caerphilly Cheese & Chives (V)
· Polenta and laverbread nuggets with pepper marmalade (V)
· St Fagan’s sausage with caramelised black pudding and apple
· Welsh goats cheese herb & sunblushed tomato tart (V)

Three additional trays will cater for delegates with the following dietary requirements: vegan, gluten free, dairy-free, no lactose, allergies.

Conference Dinner

We have taken care to provide an authentically Welsh menu. If you booked the conference dinner during registration, we invite you to select your menu preferences using the following survey: Please ensure that you read carefully and fill in your choices correctly – orders will be made on the basis of these choices, so no changes are possible after you have submitted your selection.

Any food allergies or intolerances you have indicated previously will be taken into account. Please note that the vegetarian starter and main are vegan and gluten free, and no dish contains nuts. Variations are possible: e.g. the barigoule can be served without aioli, and the strawberry desert can be served with dairy-free chibouche or with no chibouche. Please advise on special requirements in the Notes section of the survey.

1. Severn and Wye smoked and Atlantic salmon fishcakes with lemon and horseradish sauce

2. Vegetable ceviche salad


1. Roast rump of Welsh lamb with a confit shoulder bon-bon, Duchess potatoes, minted pea puree and Chantanay carrots

2. Leeks & artichoke barigoule (casserole) with toasted sour dough and aioli


1. Bara brith bread pudding with berry sauce and Pembrokeshire ice cream

2. Balsamic strawberries with black pepper chiboust


Please click through to the survey to see extra, allergy-related options:

Major Updates

The_White_Rabbit_(Tenniel)_-_The_Nursery_Alice_(1890)_-_BLA few major updates before the registration deadline for BAVS 2016 is upon us (31 July – just under a week).

Update the First. The final version of the programme for BAVS 2016: Consuming (the) Victorians has gone to the printers, and is now available on our ‘Programme‘ page! You can  download a PDF version of the programme at this link, and a PDF of the abstracts and biographical notes at this link. We have also added more information on the keynote speakersspecial sessions, musical interludes, and various exhibitions that will be taking place at BAVS 2016.

Update the Second. You can now sign up for a tour of Cardiff’s many Victorian arcades, to take place on September 1st at 1:45 pm and 2:30 pm. Please reserve your (free) place using this link: More information here.

Update the Third. Registration for our pre-conference PGR/ECR workshops has closed, but we are still taking reservations for the three special sessions at BAVS 2016 itself. To register for one or more of these sessions, please send us an e-mail at

Update the Fourth. Our ‘Press & Media‘ page has been updated with some additional goodies, including posters and tote bag designs.

Happy browsing, and we look forward to seeing you soon at BAVS 2016!

Cardiff Arcades Tour

Arcade2Join Martin Willis, Ruth McElroy, and Caroline Langley for a series of Cardiff Arcades tours. The tours will take place on September 1st (day two of BAVS 2016) at 1.45pm and 2.30pm, starting at Castle Arcade. They take around 40 minutes.

Book your place here (limited availability):


Cardiff’s Victorian Edwardian Arcades

Cardiff’s Arcades embody the emergence of a truly Victorian city: built on industry and entrepreneurship, by workers and owners alike. The Arcades were a symbol of Cardiff’s status as a city born of and in nineteenth-century capitalism. They were the naves of those new cathedrals of consumption, department stores, and also the city’s arteries carrying people, produce and culture back and forth across the urban landscape. They remain, in the twenty-first century, at the very heart of Cardiff society and culture as well as inspiring its urban regeneration.

Blue = Castle (1887)              Purple = Duke Street (1902)   Red = High Street (1886) Yellow = Morgan (1899)     Orange = Royal (1870)      Green = Wyndham (1887)

Blue = Castle (1887)              Purple = Duke Street (1902)   Red = High Street (1886)
Yellow = Morgan (1899)     Orange = Royal (1870)      Green = Wyndham (1887)


These arcades, a recent invention of industrial luxury, are glass-roofed, marble-panelled corridors extending through whole blocks of buildings, whose owners have joined together for such enterprises. Lining both sides of the corridors, which get their light from above, are the most elegant shops, so that the arcade is a city, a world in miniature, in which customers will find everything they need. [Benjamin, arcades project]

SIR,- I have not been in the Royal Arcade since till opening day until this evening, and I can assure you I was quite surprised and disappointed to see the class of persons who frequent it. I really consider it a pity that such an improvement to our town should be spoilt and disgraced at the very outset by a rabble such as I saw tonight. There seems to be no order whatever. Children and roughs are allowed to perambulate at will. I was stopped for several minutes by a crowd collected to witness a fight (or, what I think more likely, a sham fight got up for the purpose of robbery)!! [South wales echo, 1870]

You can download the tour leaflet here. Please e-mail for more information.


Deadline Approaching: PGR/ECR Workshop Registration (22 July)


Don’t forget, the deadline to register for the BAVS 2016 PGR/ECR workshops is in just under a week, on 22 July 2016.

Postgraduate and early-career researchers are invited to participate in the morning programme before the start of the main conference, co-organised by Cardiff’s Dany van Dam and this year’s BAVS Postgraduate representatives (Emma Butcher and Abby Boucher). You can participate regardless of whether you are a speaking delegate or a non-speaking delegate at the conference. The workshop schedule and additional details can be found here, as well as under the ‘Programme’ tab.

Those wishing to participate in the workshops must register in advance. Places are limited, so please do so as soon as possible. Instructions for registration can be found below.

This year’s programme consists of several workshops:

All workshops include practical elements for participants to become involved. If the number of participants exceeds our expectations, a fourth workshop will be added to avoid having overly large groups. The illustration workshop is limited to sixteen participants per session. The workshops will each be given twice, once during the first block of time (9:30-10:45) and once during the second (11:15-12:30). More detailed descriptions of the workshops can be found below.

1backtoschoolboy-graphicsfairy008bwTo register for the PGR/ECR morning programme, please send an e-mail to with ‘PGR/ECR workshop registration’ in the title by Friday, 22 July. In this e-mail, please indicate your first and second choice of workshop so that we can ensure that you are able to participate in at least one of these in case a workshop needs to be added. There is no additional registration cost for the morning programme as it is generously supported by BAVS and by Cardiff University, but do ensure that you have registered for the conference itself (either the full conference or part of it).

Registration Deadline Approaching (31 July)

illustration-of-a-victorian-era-couple-dancing-at-a-ballJust over two weeks now until registration for BAVS 2016 comes to a close! The registration deadline is 31 July, 2016. We encourage you to book before the deadline (if you haven’t already), as some of the events – such as the dinner and the various local tours – are first-come, first-served.

The programme has been updated, and can be found at this link and under the ‘Programme‘ tab. This includes more information about keynotes, special sessions, and exhibitions during the conference. If you would like to chair any of the panels that are still open, please send us an e-mail at to let us know.

In the meantime, please note that the registration package does not include accommodation. Accommodation must be booked SEPARATELY. Our ensuite campus accommodation is now fully booked, but our campus-based Aberconway Hall (semi-ensuite flat, bathroom shared between two; if you wish to share with a friend, please give their name) and Talybont North (ensuite; 15 minute walk to conference venue) are still available. If you wish to book rooms in either Aberconway Hall or Talybont, please go to the page below and click the link to ‘special accommodation‘ under ‘University Accommodation’:
This link will also take you to a list of non-affiliated hotel accommodation in Cardiff.

Please note that if there is insufficient interest, the rooms we have reserved for the conference are likely to be released towards the end of July. If you have not booked accommodation yet and wish to benefit from the very competitive rate of our university accommodation, please do so now.

As always, you can contact us at with any queries. 

Do feel free to share your thoughts about the upcoming conference on Facebook or Twitter (#BAVS2016). We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff!

Dickensian in Cardiff and Global Dickens at BAVS 2016

dickensian.39757You are warmly invited to join us the day before the 2016 BAVS conference for two special public events: ‘Dickensian in Cardiff’ and ‘Global Dickens’. Full details below (and as a Word document). These events are free but pre-booking is essential and early booking recommended as spaces are limited. Please do feel free to invite the Dickens enthusiasts amongst your friends and family. The Dickensian exhibition will continue throughout the conference, so we look forward to welcoming all delegates to that.

We are hoping to feature your treasured Dickens objects and collections in an online gallery, and in the conference roundtable ‘Dickensian (Re)Imaginations’. All responses to the ‘My Dickens’ call below very gladly received. Please spread the word. And do get in touch with any questions arising by e-mailing Holly Furneaux at

Dickensian in Cardiff and Global Dickens

30 August 2016, Cardiff University 

Public events exploring reimaginings of Dickens in the UK and worldwide

Dickensian in Cardiff: Behind the Scenes of the BBC Drama Series

Exhibition curated by the Charles Dickens Museum in partnership with Red Planet

Explore the making of critically acclaimed BBC series Dickensian. Written by award-winning TV writer Tony Jordan (EastEnders, Life on Mars and Hustle, amongst others) and produced by Red Planet Pictures, Dickensian launched in December 2015. It has been described as “brilliantly reimagined Dickens” (Independent).

For this unique event, a capsule exhibition will travel to Cardiff. You can see costumes, props, production material and parts of the set, illustrating the craft involved in creating the settings, building the atmosphere and realising the characters of Dickensian. The exhibition will be illuminated by short talks by Louisa Price (Charles Dickens Museum and exhibition curator) and Holly Furneaux (Professor of English at Cardiff University and literary advisor to Dickensian).

Free, pre-booking required. 4pm exhibition opens. Please reserve your space at

5.00pm wine reception and welcome to the exhibition.

Venue:  Cardiff University, Post Graduate Teaching Centre, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Global Dickens: Reimagining Dickens Around the World

A panel of international Dickens experts consider Dickens’s global legacies

Speakers: Michael Hollington (University of Kent, UK), Melisa Klimaszewski (Drake University, USA), Chieko Ichikawa (Ibaraki University, Japan)

Chair: Holly Furneaux (Cardiff University, UK)

Free, pre-booking required. 5pm wine reception. 6pm roundtable short talks and discussion. 7.30pm close. Please reserve your space at

Venue:  Cardiff University, Post Graduate Teaching Centre, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Virtual Gallery – My Dickens

Wherever you are in the world you can be part of the event. Send us a photo or short description of your favourite Dickens collectable or collection (be it a first edition of David Copperfield, character toby jugs, a Mrs Gamp doll, a bi-centenary stamp or whatever!). Where does your object or collection live in your house? Is it on prominent display? Or tucked away in acid-free tissue or UV filtered glass? We’ll curate an online gallery of ‘My Dickens’, which will be exhibited during the event. Please send your ‘object’ to: or instagram MyDickensBavs

Speaker Registration Deadline (Friday, 1 July 2016)

Don’t forget – speakers at BAVS 2016: ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’ must register by 1 July. Speakers not registered by that date will be deemed to have withdrawn.

If you haven’t registered already, we advise you to do so earlier rather than later to avoid being thwarted at the last minute by technical problems.

Speakers should also be registered as members of the British Association for Victorian Studies. For instructions on how to register, please see this page. You may not receive confirmation of your membership before 1 July, but it is important that speakers complete the registration process by that date.

You can find the registration form, as well as an overview of registration rates, on the relevant page of our website.

The final registration deadline for non-speaking delegates is 31st July.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the organisational team at We would be happy to help you in any way we can.

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