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
From pacifism to suffrage, right wing leanings to Marxist dabbling, we explore the role of politics in the lives, relationships and work of the Bloomsbury Group.
To what extent were their bonds and choices influenced by the changing politics of their environment? What role did individuals play in instigating and influencing change? What conflicts arose as members adopted different responses to war and cultural transformation in Britain?
We will look at the impact of two world wars, atheism and intellectual beliefs in the shaping of Bloomsbury thought and consider the particular impact of members such as Maynard Keynes at Bretton Woods, the Strachey women in the realm of gender politics, and the infiltration of Moseley and right wing thinking into Bohemian London.