University of Hertfordshire

Shaw and The Russians on The Mantelpiece

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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Pat Simpson - Invited speaker

Lecture to volunteers and staff, Shaw’s Corner [National Trust], Ayot St Lawrence, Herts. This talk related to my own research specialism in Soviet and Russian social history and visual culture, and also to an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award held jointly with the NT Shaw's Corner. Our outstanding student, Alice McEwan, also gave a lecture on aspects of the Shaw’s Corner collection. Abstract; On the mantelpiece in the dining room at Shaw’s Corner there are images of 3 Russians – Vladimir Ilich Lenin, Feliks Edmundovich Dzerzhinskii, and Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin. The focus of my talk is to say something about who these people were, what they did and why, perhaps, Shaw was so interested in them that he ensured that images of them were prominently embedded in the display at Shaw’s Corner when it was handed over to the National Trust. I will look at Lenin first, move on to Dzerzhinsky, and end with Stalin [as so many people did…
14 Mar 2015

External organisation (External collaborations)

NameNational Trust Shaw's Corner
CountryUnited Kingdom

Research outputs

ID: 11628340