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ON DEMAND Bloomsbury at Home: Home

Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead of the social, moral and artistic codes of the day. Leonard Woolf wrote that the Bloomsbury group were “A largely imaginary group of persons… with largely imaginary characteristics". This series of talks strips back the layers of mythology surrounding the Bloomsbury group and goes back to source. This is the Bloomsbury group in their own words.

 

This mini-series of talks will explore extracts from books, essays, articles, letters and diaries written by different members of the Bloomsbury group. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply log in, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with our reader-in-residence Holly Dawson. You will be sent an email in advance of the talk with a link, login details and extracts to read along with.

 

Week 2: Home

''What cuts the deepest channels in our lives are the different houses in which we live.'' Leonard Woolf

The Bloomsbury group challenged conventional notions of what a home should be, who lived in it and how. Rejecting the high Victorian domesticity that shaped them so profoundly, they reimagined home as a space where the boundaries between art and life dissolved and traditional roles became fluid.  Join us as we peer through the keyholes of various Bloomsbury Group homes – from the Stephens’ family home at Hyde Park Gate, to the London homes dotted around Bloomsbury squares, and of course their country residences. What kind of places did the Bloomsbury group call home? What did ‘home’ mean and how did their ambitions for a new way of living influence that? What did everyday domestic life look like?

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Bloomsbury has long divided opinion. To some they are a privileged elite, unoriginal and self-absorbed. To others they are at they were at the vanguard of modernism, decades ahead of the social, moral and artistic codes of the day. Leonard Woolf wrote that the Bloomsbury group were “A largely imaginary group of persons… with largely imaginary characteristics". This series of talks strips back the layers of mythology surrounding the Bloomsbury group and goes back to source. This is the Bloomsbury group in their own words.

 

This mini-series of talks will explore extracts from books, essays, articles, letters and diaries written by different members of the Bloomsbury group. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply log in, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with our reader-in-residence Holly Dawson. You will be sent an email in advance of the talk with a link, login details and extracts to read along with.

 

Week 2: Home

''What cuts the deepest channels in our lives are the different houses in which we live.'' Leonard Woolf

The Bloomsbury group challenged conventional notions of what a home should be, who lived in it and how. Rejecting the high Victorian domesticity that shaped them so profoundly, they reimagined home as a space where the boundaries between art and life dissolved and traditional roles became fluid.  Join us as we peer through the keyholes of various Bloomsbury Group homes – from the Stephens’ family home at Hyde Park Gate, to the London homes dotted around Bloomsbury squares, and of course their country residences. What kind of places did the Bloomsbury group call home? What did ‘home’ mean and how did their ambitions for a new way of living influence that? What did everyday domestic life look like?