Join us for civilised Sunday mornings of readings and lively discussion. Held on the first Sunday of every month, we will explore themes inspired by Charleston, the Bloomsbury Group, modernism, and our current exhibitions. These are informal and relaxed sessions, open to all, with no need to read anything in advance. Simply come along, settle down with your tea or coffee, and immerse yourself in literature, thoughts and ideas with like-minded people in an inspiring space. Led by our Reader in Residence Holly Dawson.
What ideas of motherhood did key members of the Bloomsbury Group inherit – and how did that influence their own personal and artistic decisions?
We will explore the role of mothers in the lives and work of the Bloomsbury Group, untangling the influence of Julia Stephen on Vanessa and Virginia, and examining Vanessa’s depiction as ‘The Mother’ of the Group. Particular focus will be placed on Woolf’s complex relationship with the mother concept in her letters and novels – and why, as she once said, she ‘looked for a mother’ in her relationships.
How did changing thought on science, religion, politics and female expectation shape the idea of the mother in Britain at this time? What role did members play in the rising Birth Control Movement and women’s biological empowerment? And how did the children of Bloomsbury experience their mothers?