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Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies Public Lecture


​​​During the 25th anniversary year of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies (LCVS), Leeds Trinity University is proud to host the annual LCVS public lecture on 'Rethinking Ornamentalism: Queen Victoria and India', with the preceding workshop 'The Victorian Age: A Useless Category of Analysis?'

What's happening?

As Empress of India, Queen Victoria was never a token ruler. She intervened in Indian politics; commissioned artists and photographers to record the landscape and people; sent her sons as ambassadors to the sub-continent; and surrounded herself with the trappings of Indian conquest. In turn, Indian politics and society were fundamentally reshaped by her influence from afar. 

In this illustrated lecture, Professor Miles Taylor talks about the significant effects India had on the Queen as well as the pivotal role she played in India.  


Wednesday 20 March 2019

There will be a wine reception from 5.30pm, with the lecture commencing at 6.30pm.
The workshop will run from 3.00 to 4.30pm and will also be hosted on campus.


Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD.

How can I book?

To register your attendance for the public lecture and workshop, please click here​ to book on via Eventbrite.

Further information

Professor Miles Taylor

Professor Miles Taylor is an eminent historian in the field of nineteenth-century British politics, with a particular expertise in the links between imperial and metropolitan political culture. He is currently Professor of Modern History at the University of York, having previously taught at the University of Southampton, King's College, London, and the University of Cambridge. 

From 2008 to 2014, he was the Director of the Institute of Historical Research, and from 2014 to 2016 he held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Award. He sits on the research advisory committee of the National Portrait Gallery, and the advisory editorial board of The Journal of British Studies, as well as being the general editor of Cambridge University Press's new five volume History of Britain. Professor Taylor has recently published Empress: Queen Victoria and India with Yale University Press. 


The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies (LCVS) is one of the oldest and most important Victorian Studies research centres in the country, and in 2019 celebrates its 25th anniversary. LCVS has been a key player in the establishment of the British Association of Victorian Studies and the prestigious Journal of Victorian Culture, published by Oxford University Press.

The Centre runs a highly-regarded MA programme at Leeds Trinity University, hosts PhD and MbR students, and offers seminars and conferences, as well as an annual public lecture by a distinguished scholar of Victorian history, literature, or culture. The Centre plays a central role in supporting the study of all things Victorian in the north of England, and collaborates regularly with local heritage and cultural organisations.