Fellow Travellers: Victorian Representations of Showpeople, Canal Boat People, Hop-Pickers and Romani People

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited 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.
Period2 Mar 2015
Held atLeeds Trinity University, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionRegional