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The Georgian North

A print of the English countryside with sheep

After J.M.W. Turner, Aske Hall, 1820, © Tate. CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported) www.tate.org 

Research Strands thumbnail: After J.M.W. Turner, Barnard Castle, Durham, 1827, © Tate. CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported). www.tate.org.

The Georgian North (1714-1830) is led by Professor Fiona Robertson (English Studies). Its purpose is to give impetus and direction to new work investigating the intellectual and cultural life of County Durham and surrounding areas in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The project brings together different areas of intellectual and artistic endeavour and places special emphasis on the networks in which ideas took shape. 

The first phase of the project involves five roundtable discussions, led by Fiona Robertson, on key interconnected areas of investigation, relevant across disciplines and across Faculties. These are:

  • Collections (books, artefacts, antiquarianism)
  • Composition and Performance (literature, music, visual and theatrical arts)
  • Enquiry (science, philosophy, social sciences)
  • Environs (built and cultivated environments, innovation and ‘improvement’
  • Interventions (political, theological, social, economic, international)