Academics from the University of Stirling recently contributed some unique research which helped the British Library shape a major exhibition of Gothic literature and art, ‘Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination’. The exhibition was the largest of its kind ever held in a public institution.
With the assistance of material drawn from Stirling research projects and papers, the exhibition explored the cultural impact of the Gothic from an international perspective. Stirling academics also worked directly with the British library to help curate the exhibition doing everything from helping to select works to educating staff. The exhibition examined the Gothic over a period of 250 years taking into consideration the evolution and influence of the genre. It offered a look at more than 200 rare objects including manuscripts of Dracula and Jane Eyre, a vampire slaying kit and an Alexander McQueen dress.
The collaboration between the University and the British Library met its goal of offering an exciting new interpretation of Gothic history through a major exhibition. This work significantly enhanced revenue streams for the British Library’s exhibition space resulting in record ticket sales. The effort also explored how academic research can boost cultural engagement by creating a better visitor experience.
Would you like to find out more about The Gothic and Contemporary Culture? Explore the MLitt in the Gothic Imagination at the University of Stirling! Applying from Canada? Contact Barclay Educational Services. Barclay is a recognized Canadian agent for the University of Stirling. As such there is no charge to students for our assistance. The University pays our fee. Email Jackie at JSB@barclayedu.com