Glasgow Exhibition (1888) – National Galleries of Scotland Commons


Upcoming Events

  • April 2018: Crime Fiction(s): Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment. Edinburgh Napier University.

A one-day interdisciplinary conference Co-hosted by the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies (SCVS), the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), and the Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW) at Edinburgh Napier.

Crime Fiction(s), April 2018, cfp


  • 2018 (date tbc): Reforming the Nation: Literature, Culture and Politics in Victorian Scotland. University of Strathclyde.

A one-day event exploring new research on Victorian Scotland.


Previous Events

  • 24 November 2017: Codes and Signals. University of Strathclyde

An SCVS workshop with Prof Caroline Arscott (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Prof Clare  Pettitt (KCL) and Dr Oliver Betts (National Railway Museum).

This half-day interactive workshop will explore Victorian coding, messaging and signalling. Drawing on expertise from the ‘Scrambled Messages’ AHRC project                                           ( and the National Railway Museum, it will          investigate Victorian communications technology and its meanings for different users.

The workshop is free but spaces are strictly limited to enable discussion: PhD and early career   researchers will be given preference where possible. Participants will be asked to read a small    selection of materials in advance.

Event poster

You can register for free on Eventbrite.


  • 27 October 2017: The Occult in and Beyond Victorian Scotland. University of Stirling.

Sir William Fettes Douglas, The Spell (1864).  National Galleries of Scotland.

A one-day conference in collaboration with the Centre for Scottish Studies at Stirling.

Event poster

You can register for free via Eventbrite.

Full schedule is available here: Updated Programme


  • 6 June 2017: Poetry at the Polls: Election Verse from Scotland’s Past

7:30-9pm at the Glad Café, Glasgow. Free entry.

Join us for an evening of scurrilous, satirical, comic and tragic poems from historical elections, hosted by the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde team behind the ‘People’s Voice’ project. Come to listen or bring your own election poems, old or new.

Supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies.

Event poster: Poetry at the Polls


  • 22-23 June 2017: Victorian Impacts 

A two-day event at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. Organised under the aegis of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo Victorian Studies.

  • How does knowledge move between universities and the communities in which they are geographically located?
  • How is knowledge transformed as it moves through institutional and civic contexts?
  • What are the Victorian roots of these patterns of knowledge mobility?

This event brings together Victorianists interested in the relationships between universities and civic, regional or professional communities in the nineteenth century and the present day.

The first day will focus on investigating how knowledge moved between these groups in Victorian Britain.  The second day will be an opportunity to think about the ways in which current Victorianist research projects are dealing with impact and knowledge mobility.

Speakers include:

Prof. Mark Llewellyn (Director of Research, AHRC; Strathclyde)

Prof. John Bowen (University of York)

Dr Rosemary Golding (Open University)

Dr Heike Jöns (Loughborough University)

Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores University)

A full schedule is available here: Victorian Impacts schedule

Attendance is free.  To register, please email Elsa Richardson (University of Strathclyde):

For further information, please email Alice Jenkins (University of Glasgow):

Conference poster: Victorian Impacts poster