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Text Artefact Identity: Horace Walpole and the Queer Eighteenth Century

Friday 15th - Saturday 16th February 2019

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This conference will bring together scholars and curators from the disciplines of Literature, Cultural History, Art and Architectural History, and Heritage to investigate LGBTQ perspectives on the “long” eighteenth century, and features keynotes from Walpole’s biographer, George Haggerty, and Matthew Reeve, who has written extensively on Gothic architecture, sexuality & aesthetics.

Hosted in partnership with Horace Walpole’s Gothic villa at Strawberry Hill in west London, the conference will complement a major exhibition taking place October 2018-February 2019, ‘The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill’, which will bring together, for the first time since 1842, masterpieces from Walpole’s collection. There will be an opportunity to visit the exhibition during the conference.

Confirmed speakers

We invite papers exploring any aspect of queer history, culture, heritage and writing of the ‘long’ eighteenth century; there will be a particular but not exclusive focus on Horace Walpole and his circle. Please see the full Call for Papers below.

The conference will take place in the beautiful Georgian and Victorian Gothic rooms of Strawberry Hill, and there will be a formal dinner in Strawberry Hill House.


Booking is now available online via Strawberry Hill House's website, with generous reductions for unfunded students.

One and two-day tickets are available, in addition to very much reduced prices for those not being funded by their employer or external body. The conference is a partnership between the National Trust, Strawberry Hill & St Mary’s University.

For general enquiries about the conference, please contact Dr Peter Howell on For enquiries about bookings please contact Claire Leighton on

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