The Whole World on Display: Empire, History and Victorian Lady Travellers
Presented by Virginia Vandenberg, MA Candidate, History
Wednesday March 19, 1:30pm Speaker's Corner, Stauffer Library
All graduate students are invited to join the discussion!
There has been much written on the development of modern tourism as part of the growing consumer and leisure culture of the late nineteenth century/early twentieth. Many authors have explored both the imperial implications of tourism and the role gender played in shaping expectations and experiences in travel. My research examines the role that historical curiosity and knowledge played for women travellers in particular. Many women were traveling to places as part of a kind of cultural education and their trips often included visits to sites of historical importance. I would like to make connections between the imperial project, women travellers and their responses to the historical sightseeing that become part of Victorian and Edwardian tourism. As women travelled around the globe and visited various historical sites, they were participating in the imperial project through learning and “consuming” culture and historical knowledge.