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7 March 2024 - 7 March 2024

1:00PM - 2:00PM

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Join us for a series of lunchtime seminars hosted by CNCS where we welcome members of this year's cohort of Durham Residential Library fellows. This series of seminars will cover a diverse range of themes from Anglican Studies to Classical Reception to Health and Sanitation. Our first session welcomes Professor Susan Deacy, Roehampton University, UK

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Cosins Hall, Palace Green, Durham

'Meek innocence', 'ancient divines' and 'talk of Demosthenes': Elite schooling, Classics and young people's enculturation in the Nineteenth Century - a case study of the Headlam family

Abstract: This paper shares the outcomes of my time as a Barker Fellow at Durham investigating the place of Classics in nineteenth-century young people's lives. It will set out how far what I have found matches what I anticipated potentially discovering based on my initial consultations of the Archives and Special Collections Catalogue while developing my application for a project then titled 'Elite schooling and young men's enculturation in the Long Nineteenth Century: a case study of the Headlam family'. It will share my research journey into the childhood experiences of Headlam young people - girls, it turns out, as well as boys - as conveyed in letters, poems and art works. Moreover, it will divulge how far the worldviews of the Headlam children are shaped by their experiences learning about anything classical.