Southport’s Victorian Visitors: A Talk by Michelle Caldwell

As Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, Southport was around 50 years old.  The first edition of The Southport Visiter was published in 1844, and tourists were starting to arrive. ‘The Southport Visitor’ takes the form of a whistle-stop tour of the long nineteenth century from a local perspective, told through archival stories of famous visitors to the town.

From Napoleon III in the 1840s, through to Rudyard Kipling and the outbreak of WWI, local developments and anecdotes are placed alongside national events to contextualise history and bring the past to life.

In this talk, Michelle will reflect on some of these stories and talk about the recent research she has carried out for her current exhibition, ‘Southport’s Victorian Visitor’s’ which has unearthed some very interesting famous names.

Ancient Worlds

The Ancient Worlds evening talks take place on the first Wednesday of every month and are a brilliant way to delve deeper into our exhibitions programme.

The talks are delivered by a wide range experts and offer insight into their field.

Evening talks are for members of The Atkinson Development Trust, however non-members are welcome for a fee of £5.

The Atkinson Development Trust

The Atkinson Development Trust is a charity (no: 1161020) whose vision is to develop The Atkinson as a centre for communities to enjoy art and learn together.

There are many ways you can support, including becoming a membersponsoring a seat and donating.

The support that we receive from a wide range of donations and grants plays a vital role in enabling The Atkinson to enhance our visitors experience and tell the story of Sefton.

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