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What is the Bloomsbury Project?

The Leverhulme-funded UCL Bloomsbury Project was established to investigate 19th-century Bloomsbury’s development from swampy rubbish-dump to centre of intellectual life

Led by Professor Rosemary Ashton, with Dr Deborah Colville as Researcher, the Project has traced the origins, Bloomsbury locations, and reforming significance of hundreds of progressive and innovative institutions

Many of the extensive archival resources relating to these institutions have also been identified and examined by the Project, and Bloomsbury’s developing streets and squares have been mapped and described

This website is a gateway to the information gathered and edited by Project members during the Project’s lifetime, 1 October 2007–30 April 2011, with the co-operation of Bloomsbury’s institutions, societies, and local residents

Bloomsbury Project Events

On 9 February 2012 Rosemary Ashton gave a UCL Lunch Hour Lecture entitled 'John Bull vs Stinkomalee: Tory opposition in the early days of the University of London'; you can see a recording on UCL's LHL YouTube channel here

In 2008 Carole Reeves, the Outreach Historian at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, set up a Bloomsbury blog to encourage people to contribute information about their Bloomsbury-based ancestors; you can access the Bloomsbury blog here (opens in new window)

On 5 July 2008 Rosemary Ashton led a guided walk around Bloomsbury as part of the 2008 London Festival of Architecture; the walk leaflet is available online here (opens in new window)

On 5 November 2008 Rosemary Ashton and Deborah Colville gave a Metropolitan History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research entitled ‘A Tale of Two Squares: Russell Square and Gordon Square in the 19th Century’ (opens in new window)

On 20 November 2008 Rosemary Ashton and Anne Hardy addressed the Camden History Society on ‘Innovation and Reform in 19th-Century Bloomsbury’

On 12 May 2009 Rosemary Ashton and Deborah Colville gave a paper at the Mary Ward Centre, Queen Square on ‘Queen Square and Nineteenth-Century Reforming Institutions’ (opens in new window)

In September 2009 Rosemary Ashton and Deborah Colville were interviewed by UCL’s Robert Eagle for a short film publicising the Project; see the film on YouTube (opens in new window)

On 18 January 2010 the Project began a new venture, led by Matt Ingleby: a Bloomsbury Reading Group to meet and discuss nineteenth-century novels featuring Bloomsbury locations

From January–June 2010 UCL Library hosted an exhibition entitled “Innovators and Educators: UCL and Bloomsbury in the 19th Century,” highlighting the Projects research; more details of the exhibition and its catalogue are available online via UCL Library Services (opens in new window)

On 12 March 2010 UCL hosted a Bloomsbury Day, a celebration of Bloomsbury’s nineteenth-century reforming zeal and its continuing diversity of institutions; read more about Bloomsbury Day here (opens in new window)

On 23rd–24th October 2010 members of the Project participated in the Bloomsbury Festival; Rosemary Ashton reprised her walk on ‘Historic Highlights in the Building of Bloomsbury,’ and Matt Ingleby led a new walk bringing together sites associated with William Morris (opens in new window)

On 15 April 2011 UCL hosted the grand public launch of the Bloomsbury Project website by novelist Ian McEwan at a reception opened by UCL’s President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant

This page last modified 17 February, 2012 by Deborah Colville


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