Last week, several CECS postgraduate students took part in the Fringe Family Fun Festival as part of York’s Festival of Ideas, 2018.
Aimed at children aged up to eleven, the Family Fringe offers a series of activities that are inspired by research being undertaken by staff and students in the Humanities Research Centre (HRC). This year’s theme was “Imagining the Impossible” and several CECS students embraced the opportunity to create a series of eighteenth-century related activities.
Activities included making your own Frankenstein’s monster, creating your own adventurer/ monster story, and travelling Europe on the Grand Tour. It goes without saying that we couldn’t resist the temptation to try them out for ourselves!
The Family Fringe came on the back of three events run by Dr. Mary Fairclough and Prof. Jon Mee earlier in the week. These public events included: a screening of the 1931 Frankenstein film, directed by James Whale; a public lecture on the science behind Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein; and a sentimental journey into the work of Laurence Sterne (using film, talks and performances).
We’ve already got our thinking caps on for next year, so we hope you can join us for more eighteenth-century and Georgian themed events!
Photos: Jennifer Buckley and Frances Long