Meeting schedule - when and where we have meetings

 


CMYF 2017 SPRING MEETING

ISLE OF WIGHT

Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 May 2017

The centre is Ryde, IoW (port for one of the ferries from Portsmouth).

We plan two whole-day coach expeditions: venues and routes are still to be confirmed, but will most likely include Victoria and Albert's Osborne House, Dimbola (home of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron), Ventnor Gardens, and Bonchurch.

This is an opportunity to see places that we know CMY herself visited and that figure in her novels.

Individuals will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. There will be an optional dinner on the Saturday evening, and an informal get-together on Friday evening.

Booking forms will go out in early spring 2017, but in order to help with planning, we should like to get an idea of the level of interest. Please email Margaret Birch on margaretcbirch@btinternet.com, putting 'CMYF IoW 2017' in the subject line.

BOOKING:

All members of the CMYF will receive a booking form
with the mailing of the CMYF Review in early March

Non-members are also very welcome; and should contact the CMYF
for a booking form by emailing cmyfemail(at)gmail.com

 


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Conference Room,
St James's Church,
197 Piccadilly,
London W1J 9LL

10.30 for 11.00

AGM

followed by

Dr Rosemary Mitchell

talking on

"Under a Lordly Elm" – C. M. Yonge and the Tory Romantic Community

Rosemary looked particularly at Heartsease, Hopes and Fears,
and at least one other novel (Pillars of the House).

Rosemary Mitchell is Associate Principal Lecturer in History
and Reader in Victorian Studies at Leeds Trinity University.

CMYF members will remember her paper at the Pillars conference in 2010,
which appeared as 'The Pillars as Picture-Book' in CMYF Journal no. 10 (2011).

Rosemary's undergraduate degree and her DPhil are both from Oxford, and she is the author
of Picturing the Past: English History in Text and Image, 1830-1870 (2000), and of numerous articles.

She has written 145 entries (so far!) for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,
including those on Ethel Romanes and Kate Greenaway. She is Associate Editor of the
Journal of Victorian Culture, Acting Director of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies,
and sits on the management committee for the British Association of Victorian Studies


BOOKING:

All members of the CMYF will receive a booking form
with the mailing of the CMYF Review in early October.

Non-members are also very welcome; and should contact the CMYF
for a booking form by emailing cmyfemail(at)gmail.com

 


MEETINGS SCHEDULE and MEMBERSHIP

The Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship holds two meetings a year:

A winter meeting in November, usually in London
A spring meeting in April or May, at different locations around the UK


NON-MEMBERS ARE VERY WELCOME AT ALL CMYF MEETINGS

Meet speakers, members, their guests, and other prospective members
Learn about the Fellowship - with no pressure or obligation to join up!


Costs are kept as low as possible, and are usually in the range 15 – 25 for the day.
This covers refreshments, room hire and speaker expenses, and often lunch (depending on venue).

Want to join? It's cheap and easy – click here for how to join


 


Saturday, 17 November 2012

AGM

and Autumn Meeting on the theme

'CHARLOTTE YONGE ILLUSTRATED'

and official launch of the Charlotte M Yonge letters website


Marchmont Room, Hughes Parry Hall, University of London,

19-26 Cartwright Gardens London WC1H

 

10.30 Coffee

11.00 AGM

12.15 Launch of the Charlotte M Yonge letters website: http://www.yongeletters.com
The website is the work of editors Charlotte Mitchell, Ellen Jordan and Helen Schinkske,
with input from a student team at University College London.


1.00 Lunch

1.45

Key speaker, Professor Leonee Ormond

Leonée Ormond is Professor Emerita of Victorian Studies at King's College, London and a Fellow of King's College.

Leonée Ormond has written widely on subjects associated with Victorian literature and painting, and is the author of books on George Du Maurier, Frederic, Lord Leighton (with Richard Ormond), J.M. Barrie and Tennyson. Her biography of the Punch artist Linley Sambourne was published in 2010. She was President of the International Dickens Fellowship from 2007-2009 and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tennyson Society and Vice Chairman of the Kipling Society. She was one of the curators of the Frederic Leighton centenary exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1996.

Professor Ormond's talk will be followed by brief contributions from CMYF members:

Hilary Clare on illustrators of the Daisy Chain

Julia Courtney on J. Priestman Atkinson

Susan Walton on Florence Claxton,
illustrator of the original serial publication of The Clever Woman of the Family

Clemence Schultze on Gwen Raverat and Countess Kate


3.30 Tea


Cost (which includes lunch and all refreshments) is £17.50.

The booking form can be downloaded HERE,
and should be returned to the address on the form
by Friday 9 November 2012.

 


Saturday, 17 November 2012

AGM

and Autumn Meeting on the theme

'CHARLOTTE YONGE ILLUSTRATED'

and official launch of the Charlotte M Yonge letters website


Marchmont Room, Hughes Parry Hall, University of London,

19-26 Cartwright Gardens London WC1H

 

10.30 Coffee

11.00 AGM

12.15 Launch of the Charlotte M Yonge letters website: http://www.yongeletters.com
The website is the work of editors Charlotte Mitchell, Ellen Jordan and Helen Schinkske,
with input from a student team at University College London.


1.00 Lunch

1.45

Key speaker, Professor Leonee Ormond

Leonée Ormond is Professor Emerita of Victorian Studies at King's College, London and a Fellow of King's College.

Leonée Ormond has written widely on subjects associated with Victorian literature and painting, and is the author of books on George Du Maurier, Frederic, Lord Leighton (with Richard Ormond), J.M. Barrie and Tennyson. Her biography of the Punch artist Linley Sambourne was published in 2010. She was President of the International Dickens Fellowship from 2007-2009 and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tennyson Society and Vice Chairman of the Kipling Society. She was one of the curators of the Frederic Leighton centenary exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1996.

Professor Ormond's talk will be followed by brief contributions from CMYF members:

Hilary Clare on illustrators of the Daisy Chain

Julia Courtney on J. Priestman Atkinson

Susan Walton on Florence Claxton,
illustrator of the original serial publication of The Clever Woman of the Family

Clemence Schultze on Gwen Raverat and Countess Kate


3.30 Tea


Cost (which includes lunch and all refreshments) is £17.50.

The booking form can be downloaded HERE,
and should be returned to the address on the form
by Friday 9 November 2012.



The Charlotte M. Yonge Fellowship

2012 Spring Meeting
LINCOL
N

Saturday 28 April 2012

Cathedrals Library, Lincoln Cathedral

Speaker: Dr Nicholas Bennett, the Vice Chanceller and Librarian of Lincoln Cathedral


ALL WELCOME


This meeting took place in Lincoln Cathedral’s Library, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

The speaker, Dr Nicholas Bennett, Vice-Chancellor and Librarian of the Cathedral, told us about Canon W. J. Butler of Wantage (later Dean of Lincoln). As founder of the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin, Butler played a significant role in Yonge’s life.

We also enjoyed a tour of the cathedral glass, conducted by Dr Jim Cheshire (Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design, University of Lincoln). Dr Cheshire is a specialist in nineteenth-century design and material culture.



The Charlotte M. Yonge Fellowship

2011 Autumn Meeting
LONDON

Saturday 19 November 2011

University Women's Club,
2 Audley Square, South Audley Street, London W1K 1DB


ALL WELCOME


Theme : 1861

A number of short papers covering topics relating to Yonge's world, 150 years ago.

Topic areas include:

The fiction and art of that year;
The Church of England;
The fashions of 1861;
The death of Prince Albert and Victorian mourning;
Sport and games.

 

Charlotte M. Yonge Fellowship and The Barbara Pym Society

Joint Spring Meeting

Saturday 14th May 2011

'ANGLICANS ABROAD'

St Peter's Methodist Church Hall, St Peter's Street, Canterbury CT1 2BE

The spring meeting in 2011 brings together two literary societies devoted to a pair of authors who have much in common, despite the century which lies between their birth dates: Charlotte Yonge and Barbara Pym. The theme we shall explore is ‘Anglicans abroad’ – a fertile one in the works of both authors. The two writers are often thought of as home-birds, tied to England, if not positively parochial. But in fact ‘abroad’ plays a significant role in their novels: travellers, missionaries, anthropologists, diplomats and tourists visit foreign climes both for work and pleasure, seeking health, wealth ... and cups of tea. And in both authors there is rich interplay between the circumstances of home life and the tempting attractions of travel.

Yonge was one of Pym's favourite authors; and Wilmet Underwood, mainstay of her family in Yonge's The Pillars of the House, gave her name to the (very different) Wilmet Forsyth in A Glass of Blessings. Moreover, the Charlotte M. Yonge Fellowship owes its origin to a remark made at a Barbara Pym Society meeting: 'Charlotte Yonge should have an organisation like this!'

Canterbury is a delightful town, with many wonderful buildings and tempting shops. The papers and lunch will be at St Peter's Methodist Church Hall in central Canterbury (easily reached from either of the Canterbury stations). Then we hope to visit the King's School (formerly St Augustine's missionary college) and the Cathedral. For those arriving on Friday evening, there will be an informal gathering for a pub supper; and for those staying over on Saturday night, an optional restaurant dinner will be organised.

Booking forms will go out to CMYF members with the mailing of the Spring Review in mid-April. (Non-members interested in attending should use the contact form on this website, and put 'Canterbury meeting' in the subject line.)


Symposium on The Pillars of the House
November 2010
and special Pillars issue of The Journal of the Charlotte M. Yonge Fellowship 2011

University Women's Club
2 Audley Square, South Audley Street, London W1K 1DB

NON-MEMBERS VERY WELCOME AT ALL CMYF MEETINGS


Charlotte Yonge regarded her novel, The Pillars of the House (1873), with special affection; in a letter to a friend in 1896 she admitted that she even preferred some of the characters she created in it to those in The Daisy Chain. Some scholars also believe that The Pillars is Yonge's masterpiece, yet there has been surprisingly little written about this long and absorbing book.

A future issue of The Journal of the Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship will be devoted to this one book, and will include both papers given at this Symposium and pieces by those unable to attend the meeting itself.


11.00 Opening of Pillars Symposium: Elizabeth Llewellyn-Smith

Session 1: The Press
Chair: Clemence Schultze

Barbara Dunlap: The shop and the reading room: stationery and sensation at Froggatt and Underwood.
Terry Barringer: Pillars, the Pursuivant, and the Victorian Periodical Press
Alys Blakeway: Charlotte Yonge and the press, with special reference to The Pillars of the House

12.15 Session 2: The Church
Chair: Susan Walton

Margaret Birch: "Learning and godly conversation": Preparation for ordination as illustrated by The Pillars of the House.
Barbara Dennis: Pro Ecclesia Dei: the Church in The Pillars of the House

1.45 Session 3: The Family
Chair: Hilary Clare

Sue Eastaugh: Family life and sibling relations in The Pillars of the House
Audrey Fessler: Mary Underwood in The Pillars of the House
Tig Lang: Theodore Underwood – an autistic child?
Penelope Wallace: Alda: the Scarlett O’Hara of Bexley

3.30 Session 4: Final thoughts and discussion
Chair: Barbara Dennis

Julia Courtney: The Pillars of the House as the Pillar of CMY’s fiction


The Spring 2010 Meeting of the Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship was held in the ancient heart of Durham City.

We were fortunate to have Dr Sheridan Gilley, Emeritus Reader in Theology, Durham University as our speaker.
Dr Gilley is author of Newman and His Age.

An optional extra for those of you staying in Durham over Saturday night – an opportunity to carry on the conversation!
Dinner at Oldfields Restaurant, 18 Claypath, Durham, DH1 1RH
Two courses: £20.00; three courses £25.00. Drinks to be paid for individually.


November 2009 Meeting - London

Saturday, 28 November 2009 — London
Friends Meeting Rooms, Euston Road

Principal speaker: Dr Shirley Foster - Sheffield University
'Art and Autobiography: Charlotte Yonge and Elizabeth Sewell'

Dr Foster researches in the fields of Victorian women´s fiction and Anglo-American travel writing,
and she has published widely in these areas. Her recent publications include
a co-edited anthology of women´s travel texts, a literary biography of Elizabeth Gaskell,
and an edition of Gaskell´s Mary Barton.

She has recently published on nineteenth-century American visitors to Britain,
on women explorers and their clothing, on Harriet Beecher Stowe in Europe
and on aspects of American literary tourism.

Click here for map - Friends House is across Euston Road from Euston Station.

NON-MEMBERS VERY WELCOME AT THIS AND ALL CMYF MEETINGS


April 2009 Meeting - Oxford

OXFORD - Saturday 18 April 2009 11 am

West Oxford Community Centre (click for map)
Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT

Dr Pamela Horn

(social historian) spoke about the lives of country house women:

'The Women's Perspective: Some Country House Diaries c.1860-1900'

Dr Horn has written extensively on Victorian life. Some of her works are listed below: for (lots!) more, click here

Ladies of the manor : wives and daughters in country-house society, 1830-1918
Stroud : Alan Sutton, 1991

Labouring life in the Victorian countryside
Dublin : Gill and Macmillan, 1976

Life and labour in rural England 1760-1850
Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1987

Life below stairs in the 20th century
Stroud : Sutton, 2003

Dr Horn also has a special interest in the history of Oxfordshire: for her publications on Oxfordshire click here.


THEN, AFTER LUNCH

The launch of the Fellowship's latest publication,
Charlotte Yonge's 1838 Le Chateau de Melville
(translated from Yonge's original French and edited by CMYF member Hilary Clare).


NON-MEMBERS VERY WELCOME AT THIS AND ALL CMYF MEETINGS


November 2008 Meeting - London

2008 AGM London - Saturday, 22 November, 10 am

Jusith Flanders - The Victorian House - cover of book   Jusith Flanders - Consuming Passions - cover of book  Jusith Flanders - A Circle of Sisters - cover of book

Saturday, 22 November 2008 — London
Friends Meeting Rooms, Euston Road
Friends House is across Euston Road from Euston Station.

To contact us about this meeting, or anything else, please use our Contact form

NON-MEMBERS VERY WELCOME AT THIS AND ALL CMYF MEETINGS



April 2008 Meeting - Winchester and Hursley

Saturday, 19 April 2008 -Winchester and Hursley

Plans include

  • a visit to Winchester College
  • a walking tour of the town centre
  • a look at St Cross, which Violet visited on her honeymoon (Heartsease).

In the afternoon, we hope to visit John Keble's parish of Hursley.


NON-MEMBERS VERY WELCOME AT THIS AND ALL CMYF MEETINGS

DETAILS OF THE DAY

This is the first year that the Spring meeting is not also the AGM, and we have taken advantage of not needing a room for any formal business to have a meeting based on Winchester and including a coach tour of "Charlotte M Yonge Country", followed by a CMY walk around Winchester.

10.30

Coach leaves Winchester railway station.

10.45

Arrive Hursley. We will be able to enter the grounds of the House, and hope to stop outside the Church and Vicarage.

11.25

Depart for St Cross (which Violet in Heartsease visited on her honeymoon).

11.40

Tour of St Cross - approximately one hour.

12.30

Lunch at St Cross.

1.15

Return to coach. A tour around Otterbourne and Pitt.

2.00

Return to Winchester. A CMY walk round Winchester (Approximately 1 hour)


November 2007 Meeting - London

London, Saturday, 17 Nov 2007

UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S CLUB
2 Audley Square, South Audley Street, London W1K 1DB

10.30 a.m. ARRIVAL AND COFFEE
The meeting took place in the Library of the Club's elegant house in Mayfair.

11 a.m. TALK BY

ROSEMARY MITCHELL

ON CHARLOTTE YONGE'S HISTORICAL NOVELS
Rosemary Mitchell, B.A., D. Phil. (Oxon.) is Senior Lecturer in History at Leeds Trinity and All Saints.
Her research interests lie in Victorian historiography and historical cultures,
with a special interest in women historians and the historical representation of women.
Her two major research projects at present are:
gender and domestic ideology in Victorian historical genre painting,
and nineteenth-century historical comedy.

12.30 p.m. LAUNCH OF ESSAY VOLUME
Characters & Scenes. Studies in Charlotte M. Yonge,
edited by Julia Courtney & Clemence Schultze
Published by Beechcroft Books (the publishing name of The Charlotte M. Yonge Fellowship)
ISBN 978-0-9557096-0-9

1 p.m. BUFFET LUNCH

AFTERNOON ‘CHARLOTTE YONGE’S PARLOUR POEMS’
Readings (both light and serious) from the poetical works of Charlotte Yonge,
her mother Fanny Yonge, John Keble and other members of their circle,
as well as of some poems to which Yonge alludes in her works.

NON-MEMBERS VERY WELCOME AT THIS AND ALL CMYF MEETINGS


April 2007 Meeting - Reading

University of Reading
Saturday, 21 April 2007


to view Victorian children's books and other relevant material.

The meeting focussed on nineteenth century literature for children, with a talk from Mary Sebag-Montefiore,
author of Women Writers of Children's Classics (Northcote House, forthcoming 2007).

The meeting took place next to the Museum of Rural Life in the London Road,
with an opportunity to visit afterwards.

Mary Sebag-Montefiore
gave a talk on:

PIOUS SLAUGHTER AND THE CHEERFUL FAMILY TALE.

2.00 Fiona Barnard, the Rare Books Librarian, spoke about the Children's Collection

NON-MEMBERS VERY WELCOME AT THIS AND ALL CMYF MEETINGS


November 2006 Meeting - London

18 November 2006
Friends' House, Euston Road, London:

Speaker:
Dr Gavin Budge

who works on the role of aesthetics, symbolism and religion in Victorian literature.

"Irritable and Mesmeric Women in the Novels of Charlotte M Yonge: towards a non-secular definition of realism"

NON-MEMBERS VERY WELCOME AT THIS AND ALL CMYF MEETINGS


Saturday 22 April 2006
Jane Austen's House, Chawton GU34 1SD

Speakers

Dr Ellen Jordan, University of Newcastle, Australia
on Charlotte Yonge and her publishers

Dom Andrew Johnson of Alton Abbey
on The Six Cushions

NON-MEMBERS VERY WELCOME AT THIS AND ALL CMYF MEETINGS


November 2005 Meeting - London

London - Saturday 19 November 2005

The Drayton Suite, Friends House
175 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ

Professor Elisabeth Jay (Oxford Brookes University)
'The Tractarian model reading group, or, Charlotte Yonge and poetry'

Elisabeth Jay spoke on Yonge's own verse and her recipe for the ideal book group.


Gatty Hall, Ecclesfield (Sheffield)
Saturday, 9th April 2005

Clare Jenkins of BBC's Woman's Hour has been talking to the authors of a book about the Gattys,
Mel and Joan Jones, at St Mary's Church in Ecclesfield, where this remarkable family lived.

Click here or the Listen button below to hear a BBC radio interview with Mel and Joan Jones,
authors of 'The Remarkable Gatty Family of Ecclesfield'

Click to hear this Woman's Hour Gatty interview

Click here to see more on historical Ecclesfield,
Mrs Gatty, and her daughter Mrs Ewing

Click this line to see a recent Woman's Hour webpage with an new Gatty item, or
Click the Listen button below to hear the whole programme again.

Click to hear the Woman's Hour Gatty interview

12.00-12.45 'A Writer in Stained Glass: Juliana Horatia Ewing' Rena Pope (Open University)
2.00 'The Gattys, the Parish of Ecclesfield, and Miss Yonge' - including a visit to the Church and Churchyard Eddie Birch

November 2004 Meeting - London

London - Saturday 13 November 2004

Our speakers were Dr Susan Mumm, on Charlotte Mary Yonge and Anglican sisterhoods,
and
Janet Howarth, on developments in girls' education in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Susan Mumm is author of
Stolen Daughters, Virgin Mothers: Anglican Sisterhoods in Victorian Britain (ISBN 0 7185 0269 8)
.
Dr Mumm is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Department of Religious Studies, The Open University,
Click here to see the covers, contents, index and first few pages of Stolen Daughters at Amazon.com

Janet Howarth is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Oxford.
She has published on the late-Victorian liberal party and on university history and the history of women and gender in later-nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Her current research interests include university reform (circa 1870-1914), feminist biography and the history of women's education and the women's movement.


St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford - Saturday 3 April

Includes a visit to the newly-established CMYF archive
in the library of St Hugh's college, Oxford

Barbara Dennis:
"Clever Women of the Family: Charlotte Yonge and the Higher Education of Women"

Barbara Dennis, formerly Head of Victorian Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter
will be talking about Elizabeth Wordsworth, the great niece of the poet, who founded St Hugh's College in 1886

Barbara Dennis is the author of Charlotte Yonge, Novelist of the Oxford Movement (Mellen: 1992) and has edited The Daisy Chain (Virago: 1988) and The Heir of Redclyffe (World's Classics). A contributor to the New Dictionary of National Biography, and the CEBL, she has written an Introduction to The Warden (1994) and edited, with David Skilton, Reform and Intellectual Debate in Victorian England (Croom Helm:1987). She is also the author of Elizabeth Barrett Browning: The Hope End Years (Seren: 1996). Although her main concern is with literature, especially the novel, she maintains a broad interest in several cultural areas of the Victorian period, notably architecture and church history.


November 2003 Meeting - London

Saturday, 15th November 2003

Charlotte Mitchell: 'Charlotte Yonge's Letters: Facts and Problems'
Charlotte, from the Department of English, University College London; is currently working on an edition of Charlotte Yonge's letters

Portraying Marriage
We will be looking at how the unmarried Charlotte Yonge portrays and explores the relationship of marriage, centring on a paper by Gwen Watkins which will be read by Alison Millard.

Edinburgh - April 5 2003 meeting

Papers by Hilary Clare and Julia Courtney

Our Spring 2003 meeting was held on Saturday April 5 2003 in Edinburgh.
in the Church Hall attached to the the fine old church of St Columba's by the Castle,
Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW

SATURDAY 5th April

Dr May's Medical Education in Edinburgh – Hilary Clare
Charlotte M Yonge and Sir Walter Scott – Julia Courtney

SUNDAY 6th April

Optional visit to Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott's House, on Sunday morning


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