Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
In March 2015, Dr Jodie Matthews, Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield and a member of the Northern Nineteenth-Century Network, gave a paper as part of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies seminar series. She drew together representations of showpeople who took fairs and entertainments around the country; canal boat people who plied the waterways of Britain and lived on board their boats; seasonal agricultural workers such as hop-pickers; and Romani people who moved for work, as a cultural practice, or because of persecution. These representations came from newspapers, visual culture, popular fiction, and literature. Here, she considers the contemporary relevance of this work.