Discovery Talks: Staring into the Abyss: Victorian Shipwrecks and Maritime Disaster

** We’re sorry to announce that we have had to cancel this event due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any disappointment.**


This talk looks at a time when shipwrecks were staged in theatres, and newspaper hawkers would shout ‘shipwreck! Shipwreck!’ to sell newspapers illustrating the last devastating wreck. From the mystery of the Mary Celeste to the Franklin expedition; from Coleridge’s ‘ancient mariner’ to tales of cannibalism, learn about the strange preoccupation the Victorians had with maritime disaster and fatalities at sea.

Presented by Dr Joan Passey, Department of English at the University of Bristol.

Event Details

Online Event

Date: 28/11/2020
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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