2017 Symposium Speakers

Keynote Speakers

‘Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World’



‘The Enlightened Craftsman? Mutable and mobile hierarchies of making.’




DR. ANN-MARIE AKEHURST (Independent Researcher)

Roman Yorkshire and Antiquarian Knowledge at Thomas Worsley’s Hovingham Hall


LUCY BAMFORD (Senior Curator of Art, Derby Museums Trust)

Joseph Wright of Derby: ‘painter of Enlightenment’?


LIZ BELLAMY (Lecturer in English, Open University and City College Norwich)

The iconography of fruit: literary representation and technological change in the long eighteenth century


ELLIOT DAVIES (Tomasso Brothers Fine Art)

The Fairfax House ‘King David panel’ and Gibbons’ relief sculptures after the Old Masters


STEVE ERSKINE (Assistant Curator, Green Howards Museum, Richmond)

William Emerson, mathematician of Hurworth-on-Tees 1701-1782: A regional dimension of the ‘low enlightenment’.


DR. RALPH HARRINGTON (University of Leeds)

Decorative plasterwork and the Enlightenment Interior in England, c.1740-c.1800


SUSAN HARRISON (Curator, English Heritage for the North of England)

‘An Honest Gyles’


PENELOPE HINES (Assistant Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum)

Wright and Elwick, from Soho to Wakefield


DR. SYLVIA HOGARTH (Independent Researcher)

And in the Depths of Science to engage: Craftsmen and Inventors in 18th century York


JAMES LOMAX FSA (Curator Emeritus, Temple Newsam)

Chippendale and the Antique: three Yorkshire patrons – Winn, Weddell and Lascelles


DR. OLIVER WALTON (Curator Historical Papers Projects, The Royal Archives)

The Georgian Papers Programme: opportunities and challenges for the history of the Enlightenment in Britain


ADA DE WIT (Wallace Collection)


SUSIE WOOD (Learning Officer, The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond)

The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond: Enlightenment Ideals in a Provincial Theatre


Panel Chairs

MARTIN POSTLE FSA, Deputy Director for Grants and Publications, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

ELISA FOSTER, Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

DR. HANNAH GREIG, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of York