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Victoria and Albert at Osborne

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Osborne House

York Avenue

East Cowes

PO32 6JX

United Kingdom

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Join English Heritage for a three day international conference to mark the bicentenary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Bringing together academics, authors and heritage professionals, this conference offers a unique opportunity to examine the political, cultural, and social significance of Victoria and Albert’s activities at Osborne.

The royal residence of Osborne House has traditionally been presented as a seaside retreat for Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their family, removed from the political, cultural and social developments of nineteenth century Britain. This conference seeks to reassess the significance of Osborne through exploring how the residence was created, used, presented and represented, and the influence that it had on the way monarchy was enacted on a national and international stage during Queen Victoria's long reign.

This landmark event will include exclusive tours of the house and grounds by English Heritage experts, and a gala dinner in the Indian-themed Durbar Room with a menu inspired by Queen Victoria's own banquets. Lunches and refreshments will be provided.



Draft conference programme


Day 1

11:30-12:00 Registration

12:00 – 12:10 Welcome (Anna Eavis, Curatorial Director, English Heritage)


12:10 – 13:00 Keynote:

  • What we owe the Prince Consort (A.N. Wilson)


13:00 – 14:15 Lunch


14:15 – 15:45 Session 1: Building Osborne

Chair (tbc)

  • From Schloss Rosenau to Osborne: the inspiration and influence of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (John R Davis, HRP)
  • Prince Albert and Osborne, ‘so completely my beloved one’s creation’ (Michael Turner, formerly Historic England)
  • Restoration work at Osborne (Sam Stones, English Heritage)


15:45 – 16:00 Break


16:00 – 17:30 Session 2: Collections and interiors

Chair (tbc)

  • A Private Passion: Victoria and Albert’s collection at Osborne. (Michael Hunter, English Heritage)
  • Victorian Salon Painting (Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, Royal Collection)
  • Sculpture at Osborne (Michael Hatt, University of Warwick)


20:00 Dinner



Day 2

09:30 – 10:30 Session 3: Gardens and grounds:

Chair (John Watkins, Head of Gardens and Landscapes, English Heritage)

  • Osborne’s gardens, Prince Albert’s pastime (Toby Beasley, English Heritage)
  • Osborne from a gardening perspective (Brent Elliot)


10:30 – 11:00 Break


11:00 – 13:00 Tours of the house and gardens (Michael Hunter and Toby Beasley)


13:00 – 14:15 Lunch


14:15 – 15:15 Session 4: Technology

Chair (tbc)

  • Comfort and convenience in a royal retreat (Ian West and Marilyn Palmer)
  • Prince Albert’s farms at Coburg and Osborne (Michael Eckstein)
  • [In/] tanglible traces: Osborne and the Great Exhibition (Andrew Cusworth, Bodleian Library/Royal Collection)


15:15 – 15:30 Break


15:30 – 17:00 Session 5: Living at Osborne

Chair (tbc)

  • Family life at Osborne (Helen Rappaport)
  • A seaside retreat? Osborne, domesticity and a global monarchy (Oliver Walton, Royal Collection)
  • ‘Extemporised measures’: cooking and eating at Osborne (Annie Gray)


19:30 – 20:00 Drinks reception

20:00 Gala dinner


Day 3

09:30 – 11:00 Session 6: Presenting and representing Osborne

Chair (tbc)

  • A ‘point d’attraction’: Queen Victoria’s Animals at Osborne House (Sally Goodsir, Royal Collection)
  • Caldesi to Cameron: Placing Osborne in the history of Early Photography (Helen Trompeteler, Royal Collection)
  • Royal homes and dynastic memorialisation (Joanna Marschner, HRP)


11:00 – 11:30 Break


11:30 – 13:00 Session 7: Politics and Empire

Chair (tbc)

  • The royal department of state: Queen Victoria and national government at Osborne (Lee Butcher, Kings College, London)
  • At home with the Indian empire: the Queen-Empress and the political uses of Osborne House (Miles Taylor, University of York)
  • Osborne and Empire (Rowena Willard-Wright, National Trust)


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch


14:30 – 16:00 Session 8: Maritime Osborne

Chair (tbc)

  • Osborne and the Great Naval Game (Jan Rueger, Birkbeck College, University of London)
  • A Palace on the Ocean: Osborne, the Victorian Monarchy and the seapower state (Andrew Lambert, King’s College, London)

16:00 – 16:30 Closing remarks



Ticket types


Conference fee with accommodation: This includes all meals and 2 nights' accommodation (6 and 7 November) at the Premier Inn Merrie Gardens hotel in Sandown, around 20 minutes drive from the conference venue. If you wish to stay for an additional night/s please make your own arrangements directly with the hotel.

Conference fee only: This includes all lunches and dinners, but delegates will need to arrange their own accommodation. See this website for a selection of local accommodation options.

Student ticket: A limited number of free student tickets are available on a first come first served basis due to the generosity of a private donor. Students who wish to apply should send a letter of support from their academic tutor or supervisor confirming their status to andrew.hann@english-heritage.org.uk, in addition to booking their place via Eventbrite. The ticket includes all meals and 2 nights' accommodation (6 and 7 November) at the Premier Inn Merrie Gardens hotel in Sandown, around 20 minutes drive from the conference venue.


Travel

All conference tickets include a complimentary hovercraft journey at either 10:30 or 11:20 on Wednesday 6th November from Portsmouth Southsea Hoverport to the Isle of Wight, along with a return journey from Ryde at the end of the conference. Coach travel from Ryde Hoverport to Osborne House will be provided for those travelling on the complimentary services and coaches will also shuttle delegates between the conference hotel and Osborne House during the event.


For any enquiries please email andrew.hann@english-heritage.org.uk.

This conference has been generously supported by Hovertravel and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Hovertravel are laying on two complimentary crossings at 10:30 and 11:20 on 6 November from Portsmouth Southsea Hoverport to Ryde Hoverport. A regular shuttle bus runs between Portsmouth Southsea station and the Hoverport. On arrival at Ryde delegates will be able to pick up a free coach to the conference venue. Complimentary hovercraft crossings are also available at the end of the conference.

Delegates wishing to make alternative arrangements can also reach the Isle of Wight by ferry from Southampton to West Cowes (foot passengers only), Southampton to East Cowes, Portsmouth Harbour to Fishbourne and Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde (foot passengers only).

Look on the Visit Isle of Wight website for further details about onward bus connections to Osborne House. https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/travel/isle-of-wight-ferry

There is ample parking at Osborne for those travelling by car.


Can I attend just part of the event?

Sadly tickets are only available for the full three days of the conference


What's the refund policy?

Full refunds are available for cancellations made by email at least 30 days before the event. All requests to cancel a booking must be sent to andrew.hann@english-heritage.org.uk.

Sadly we are unable to offer refunds for cancellations made after this date.


How can I get from the hotel to the conference venue?

Coaches will be provided to shuttle delegates between the hotel and conference venue during the event







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York Avenue

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PO32 6JX

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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