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Inspiring Creativity: Julia Margaret Cameron and the Literary Muse

Impact: Cultural & Creative Impacts, Economic & Commercial Impacts

Description of impact

My research on Julia Margaret Cameron’s posthumous fame (published in Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson’s Circle [Palgrave Macmillan, 2013]) inspired the writers of a local theatre company (Cop the Needle Productions) to produce an adapted version of Virginia Woolf’s play Freshwater, with a new prologue and epilogue. The production was staged twice in July 2015, using local venues and a local acting troupe. 
This project demonstrates impact in the following areas: creating, inspiring and supporting new forms of artistic and literary expression; contributing to economic prosperity via the creative sector; and presenting cultural heritage.
Further plans are in place to develop a filmed version of the production for use by museums/cultural institutions, and to put on an exhibition on 'Julia Margaret Cameron and the Literary Muse' in collaboration with Dimbola Museum and Galleries.

Who is affected

General public; local businesses; creative industries; museums and galleries.

Narrative

Julia Margaret Cameron was a pioneering Victorian art-photographer, who lived between 1860-75 on the Isle of Wight. Her life was comically recorded in her great-niece Virginia Woolf's play, Freshwater.  In order to celebrate the bicentenary of Cameron's birth and increase awareness of her cultural legacy, regional affiliations and ongoing impact on literature and the visual arts, Dr Charlotte Boyce and Dr Patricia Pulham of the University of Portsmouth worked with 'Cop the Needle Productions' to produce an adapted version of Freshwater, with a new prologue and epilogue.  The production was staged twice in July 2015, using local venues and a local acting troupe.  In order to further broaden knowledge and understanding of Cameron's life and work, further plans are in place to develop a filmed version of the production, for use by museums/ cultural institutions, and to put on an exhibition on 'Julia Margaret Cameron and the Literary Muse' in collaboration with Dimbola Museum and Galleries.

Category of impact

  • Cultural & Creative Impacts
  • Economic & Commercial Impacts
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