8th June 2009, 9:54am
Talking Tennyson at The Collection
Talking Tennyson at The Collection An expert on Victorian culture will deliver a talk on the life and legacy of the great Lincolnshire poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Dr Jim Cheshire, Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design at the University of Lincoln, will give a public lecture entitled Tennyson Transformed: Poetry, Art and Commerce in the Victorian Period on Tuesday 9 June.

The talk will take place at The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, starting at 7pm. Admission costs £4.50 or £3 concessions. University of Lincoln students are admitted free with their student card.

Tennyson was the most famous poet of the Victorian period and an inspiration to a great variety of painters, photographers and designers.

The lecture will explore the range of visual responses to Tennyson’s poetry and consider them in the context of another aspect of Tennyson’s success: his enormous commercial appeal.

The lecture coincides with the launch of a major new exhibition at The Collection.

Tennyson Transformed features loans from the Tate, the V&A, the British Museum and the Royal Collection, as well as rare pieces from Lincoln’s own Tennyson Research Centre – the most significant collection of Tennyson papers and artefacts in the world. Exhibits include pre-Raphaelite paintings, illustrated books, photographs, furniture and stained glass.

Dr Jim Cheshire said: “Although artists had a very high opinion of Tennyson, the poet was often dissatisfied with visual interpretations of his poetry. He complained about many of the illustrated editions of his poems and seems to have felt that Christmas gift books and lavishly illustrated editions of his poetry devalued his writing.”

The exhibition and lecture are among a wide range of events taking place in Lincolnshire this summer to celebrate the bicentenary of Tennyson’s birth in Somersby, near Grantham, in 1809.

In July the University of Lincoln will host the Tennyson Society International Bicentenary Conference. The Young Tennyson, which takes place from 16-20 July, will focus on the poet’s early life and work.

For more information on Tennyson Transformed, visit www.thecollection.lincoln.museum. For information on The Young Tennyson, visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/conferences.