Play, craft, design, feel: engaging students and the public with Victorian culture

Hadjiafxendi, K and Plunkett, J (2022) 'Play, craft, design, feel: engaging students and the public with Victorian culture.' In: Morrison, K.A, ed. Victorian culture and experiential learning. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 101-120. ISBN 9783030937904

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Abstract

Hadjiafxendi and Plunkett have used experiential learning in their individual teaching and research, and this chapter reflects on its benefits and limits. Their work on nineteenth-century material culture, handicrafts, and optical toys and devices, details the development of experiential learning in Victorian culture, and they have correspondingly used hands-on learning as a pathway to engage students. Play and performance can also engage different publics with Victorian culture, opening up research opportunities through co-production with creative practitioners and heritage institutions. Victorian popular science particularly lends itself to public engagement activities through its focus on embodied learning, and this chapter describes a joint project with Ilfracombe Museum, ‘Science at the Seaside,’ which devised a public program of art, literature, science and handicraft activities that sought to engage tourists and families with the Victorian fashion for marine biology and the well-known literary and scientific figures attracted by the north Devon coast.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Victorian literature, Victorian culture, experiential learning, creativity
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
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Date Deposited: 12 May 2022 09:41
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 10:47
URI / Page ID: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/14674
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