Virginia Woolf and Heritage

Activity: Attending or organising conference/seminar/workshopConference


This international conference brought together over 220 scholars to investigate Virginia Woolf's engagements with heritage, and how she understood and represented it. The keynote speakers were Suzanne Raitt, David Bradshaw and Laura Marcus, and the conference featured a plenary dialogue between Jean Mills and Marion Dell. One strand looked at Woolf's experience of the heritage industry, for example: libraries, museums, art galleries, authors’ houses, artists’ houses, stately homes, London’s heritage sites, and tourist sites in Britain and abroad. Other papers considered Woolf’s constructions of heritage, including literary heritage, intellectual heritage, family histories, the history of women and the history of lesbians. The conference also considered ways in which Woolf has been represented by the heritage industry, for example in libraries, archives and collections, and at National Trust or other properties such as Charleston and Knole.
Period16 Jun 201619 Jun 2016
Event typeAcademic conference
LocationLeeds, United KingdomShow on map


  • Woolf
  • heritage
  • archives