About me

I’m Emily, an apprentice journalist, a nearly-done PhD student, a writer and an occasional picture-maker. My thing is the long nineteenth century and Neo-Victorianism in literature, art, and the archives, whether it’s ‘asylums’ or activism, science or the supernatural – and particularly when these intersect with folklore or cabaret or horror. Here are some of my […]

Oxmarket exhibition to bring art historian’s archive discovery to new audience

This story was first published in the Chichester Observer on October 25, 2018. The original story can be read here: chichester.co.uk/news/oxmarket-exhibition-to-bring-art-historian-s-archive-discovery-to-new-audience-1-8680597.] Chichester’s The Oxmarket Gallery is set to host an exhibition showcasing the work of two artists and educationalists. ‘Father and Daughter’ is the first retrospective of the artwork of Clarence Whaite (1895-1978) and his daughter […]

James Henry Pullen: Inmate, Inventor, Genius

On Friday, I finally managed to visit Inmate, Inventor, Genius, the Watts Gallery’s exhibition showcasing the life and work of asylum artist James Henry Pullen (1835-1916). This was a fascinating exhibition which demonstrated the artist’s incredible creative talent and technical skill while sensitively contextualising his practice with his institutionalisation. Pullen created ‘extraordinary designs, gigantic articulated […]

Edward King: patient artist

Yesterday, I visited Portsmouth Museum. I grew up in the area and still live nearby, so I’ve spent many an hour meandering through its galleries. After a particularly dreadful mental health dip, my mother (and fellow history/art enthusiast) shepherded me back down to check out the museum’s current temporary exhibition, which focuses on the work […]

The researchers revealing the beauty of Victorian wood engraving

[This story was published on June 1 in the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/news/the-researchers-revealing-the-beauty-of-victorian-wood-engraving-1-7988381.] [Image: Bethan Stevens and George Mind. Picture credit: mine]   Two researchers from the University of Sussex have been working to bring the beauty of Victorian illustration to a wider audience. Brighton and Hove based duo Bethan […]