The Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship
Saturday 21 November 2020, at 2 pm, GMT (London time)
and will be online, by Zoom.
The theme is 'Birthdays, Anniversaries and Celebrations' as we celebrate CMYF's 25 years of existence.
Full booking details and joining instructions will be circulated to all members in mid-October.
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Regrettably, the spring meeting planned
for Friday 24 April 2020 was cancelled because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Inspired by Charlotte
Yonge's accounts of the London parish work of Robert Fulmort, Clement
Underwood and other characters,
We will combine visits to two sites a short distance apart:
St Peter's London
Docks, an Anglican mission church in Wapping
Oxford House in
Bethnal Green, the University Settlement set up by students and graduates
from Keble College, Oxford.
CMYF AGM AND AUTUMN MEETING 2019
Please note that the venue has changed to:
Ground floor meeting room
Saturday 23 November 2019
The title for the day is :
Pastime or Profession?
Arts and Crafts in the works of Charlotte M. Yonge
2019 is the bicentenary year of John Ruskin: artist, craftsman and influential writer on the arts and their role in society. So it is apposite to look at arts and crafts in the works of Charlotte M. Yonge. Drawing, needlework (plain and fancy), applied and decorative arts in the home, the various crafts associated with church building and decoration -- all of these feature in her works.
will be speaking on
"Arts and Crafts Women and Church Art"
Lynne Walker is a Fellow of the Insitute of Historical Research (part of the School of Advanced Studies of the University of London).
Her research ranges over the areas of history of art, cultural memory, and gender studies. She is currently working on a history of gender, space and architecture in Britain from the 16th century to the present day.
Lynne has published widely on 19th- and 20th-century arts, crafts and architecture. With Elizabeth Darling, she co-edited AA women in architecture, 1917-2017, celebrating the centenary of women's admission to the Architectural Association's school.
Her talk will take place at approximately 11.45 am, following the business of the AGM. After lunch, there will be several brief contributions on various aspects of arts and crafts in Charlotte Yonge's works.
If you would like to offer a short contribution, please contact CMYF on the NEW email address below.
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All members of the CMYF will have received a
booking form with the mailing of the CMYF
Review in early October.
CMYF Spring Meeting
Saturday, 27 April 2019
This year the Spring Meeting is an outing to Tyntesfield, home of the Gibbs family, who were friends of Charlotte M Yonge.
It was a place where she was a welcome visitor, and it houses a portrait of Charlotte by J. H. Lorimer which we hope very much will be put on view.
The building is a fine example of a Victorian Gothic Revival country house, with chapel, gardens, period furniture and fittings superbly crafted for the house.
The plan is to meet up at Bristol Temple Meads Station, and then share taxis to take us to Tyntesfield.
Booking forms have been sent out to all CMYF members with the Spring CMYF Review mailing.
Non-members of CMYF are welcome too, and should send an email as soon as possible to yonge.fellowship(at)gmail.com for a booking form. Please put CMYF spring 2019 in the subject line.
NB Tyntesfield is a National Trust Property
with timed entry tickets bookable in advance, so everyone will
need to book their own entry ticket in good time.
Entry is free to NT members, but they still require timed tickets; tickets for non-NT members cost £16.50.
St Andrews, Short Street, Waterloo SE1 8LJ
Saturday 24 November 2018
The AGM will take place in the morning.
The Three Brides and the Victorian
During the latter part of the day, brief complementary contributions are sought from members. Perhaps you have views on the portrayal of the feminists in this novel, or opinions about the dress sense of Mrs Clio Tallboys or can offer a sidelight on the struggle for womens rights from reminiscences of your own family. If so, please contact CMYF on the email address below.
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 yonge.fellowship(at)gmail.com
Saturday 28 April 2018, 10 am 4 pm
Our 2018 venue is the famous British Schools Museum in Hitchin, housed in original Grade II listed school buildings.
The museum celebrates the history of elementary education in Britain from 1798 to the 1960s, with restored classrooms from different periods, and fascinating displays and exhibitions. Have a look at www.britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk
The day includes
Booking forms will be sent out to all CMYF members
with the Spring CMYF Review mailing. Non-members are also very welcome
Earlier meetings of the Charlotte
Mary Yonge Fellowship
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).
Two whole-day coach expeditions: Victoria and Albert's Osborne House, Dimbola (home of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron), Ventnor Gardens, and Bonchurch - an opportunity to see places that we know CMY herself visited and that figure in her novels.
An optional dinner
on the Saturday evening, and an informal get-together on Friday evening.
Saturday, 16 April 2016
The Studio Theatre, The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hants
The morning's activity is a guided walk round Eastleigh, the town Charlotte Yonge named.
It ends at Eastleigh Station, where Vivien Mallock's statue of Charlotte M Yonge is sited in the forecourt. This takes the form of a bench, with Charlotte seated at one end, musing over something she has written so you can be photographed, sitting next to CMY!
After lunch there are four talks at The Point:
Introduction to Charlotte Yonge and her works
- Penelope Wallace
April 2015 meeting of the CMYF
CMYF celebrates the
BICENTENARY YEAR OF THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO
This meeting was on FRIDAY 24 April 2015 at
Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.
NB -- Please note that this is a FRIDAY meeting and is being tried out by way of an experiment (rather than our usual Saturdays)
father, William Crawley Yonge, fought at Waterloo in the 52nd Light Infantry,
commanded by his relation Sir John Colborne.
Her father's army career was an important factor in forming CMY's ideal of heroism and service,
and numerous military characters are to be found in her works.
The bicentennial year of the battle is thus an excellent opportunity to celebrate William Yonge,
and to examine his daughter's representation of soldiers and heroes, real and imagined.
Ian Yonge, family and military historian, will
'William Crawley Yonge's military career and the controversial role of the 52nd Regiment at the Battle of Waterloo'.
For this he draws upon a range of materials, including WCY's own privately printed account of Sir John Colborne's career.
Dr Susan Walton (author of Imagining Soldiers
and Fathers in the Mid-Victorian Era: Charlotte Yonge's Models of Manliness)
will speak on 'Charlotte Yonge and the Aftermath of Waterloo: Military Men in Reality and Imagination'.
Dr Walton is a member of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at the University of Hull.
The day includes a visit
to the Firepower Museum; and afterwards there will be an opportunity
to see the nearby Royal Artillery Barracks and the Woolwich Heritage Centre.
Non-members also very welcome
November 2014 London meeting of the CMYF
A meeting was held on Saturday 15 November, at the Swedenborg Hall (20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH).
The speaker was Dr Serena Trowbridge of Birmingham
who spoke on CMY, the Gothic, medievalism and faith.
JOINT MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTE M YONGE FELLOWSHIP
AND THE LEWIS CARROLL SOCIETY
Saturday 26 April 2014
10.30 am to 5.00 pm
West Oxford Community Centre
CHARLES, CHARLOTTE AND THE CAMERA:
Lewis Carroll, Charlotte Yonge and Victorian photography
Ellen Jordan (co-editor of The
Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge):
'Introducing Charlotte M Yonge'
Edward Wakeling (editor
of LC's diaries; co-author of Lewis
Carroll, Photographer, 2002):
'Lewis Carroll's photography'
Mark Richards (past Chairman
'Carroll, Yonge and 'Tangled Tales' in the Monthly Packet'
Clemence Schultze (Chair of CMYF)
'Photography in Yonge's novels'
Demonstration of Victorian wetplate collodion photography by John Brewer,
historical photographic artist and tutor
There will also be a small exhibition
of Victorian photographic books,
a reading of extracts from Carroll's poem 'Hiawatha's Photographing',
and optional guided walks through Oxford and district to point out some locations of LC/CMY interest.
Saturday 16 November 2013
Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship AGM
Saturday 16 November 2013
Marchmont Room, Hughes Parry Hall, University of London,
19-26 Cartwright Gardens London WC1H
'The joys of church-building' (Abbeychurch): Charlotte Yonge's churches in fact and fiction
Barbara Dennis and Julia Courtney
Why no sequel? Contributions and discussion:
We know and love Yonge's linked novels -- but why do some of the others have no sequel?
19 - 21 April 2013
Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship met for a weekend at Torquay (Friday 19 - Sunday 21 April 2013).
The meeting included a visit to All Saints Church Babbacombe, with a talk by Dr Barbara Dennis, an expert on architect William Butterfield.
On Saturday 20 April there was be a day trip by coach to see the Puslinch area and other places of interest.
An opportunity to walk around Torquay and see places associated with CMY followed on Sunday morning.
Saturday 18 May 2013
A walk through the Belgravia area of London.
This walk took in various locations associated with the Oxford Movement, including places known to Yonge or mentioned in her works, as well as some Victorian churches.
The walk (two to three miles) was designed to allow people to drop in or drop out as they choose - or to use buses for part of the route.
walking were also welcome to come for tea !
For more on Charlotte Yonge,
Characters & Scenes :
book of Yonge studies
To order, please email yonge.fellowship(at)gmail.com
Le Château de Melville. or The Young Ladies
Charlotte Yonges first published work, written (in French) when she was 15. Privately printed in 1839 in aid of Otterbourne Girls School, and never reprinted until now ...
Click here for how to obtain
New book of Yonge studies published by CMYF
Characters & Scenes: Studies in Charlotte M. Yonge
edited by Julia Courtney & Clemence Schultze
Charlotte M. Yonge was a leading Victorian novelist and a best-seller in her own time. Her books now attract considerable academic interest and still continue to appeal to the general reader. This collection of essays by Yonge specialists and scholars is published by the Charlotte M. Yonge Fellowship.
The book concludes with a transcript of the sermon preached shortly after Yonge's death, by Canon Robert Moberly at St Matthew's, Otterbourne, and an extensive bibliography of works by and about Yonge.
This collection of studies in Charlotte M. Yonge will therefore not only be welcomed by those who are already admirers of her books but will also introduce the life and work of this extraordinary Victorian writer to a much wider readership.
REVIEWER COMMENTS ON THIS BOOK
A collection of essays which will interest newcomers to Yonge and confirmed devotees alike. Their emphasis on Yonges changing responses to a variety of religious, social and educational issues, over half a century of her writing life, challenges the conventional sepia tones of older accounts.
PROFESSOR ELISABETH JAY
OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY
Charlotte Yonge has been overlooked and belittled for far too long perhaps this collection will be the beginning of a renaissance in Yonge studies.
DR CHARLOTTE MITCHELL
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
An engaging review of Charlotte Yonges fiction by a body of real experts on her domestic Robinson Crusoes stories of moral and material survival in her legendary enormous families. The essays employ both innovative and traditional critical approaches to explore many aspects of her work, including what she read and what critics said about her, her interest in womens work, and her consciousness of the body and its discomforts. New research on her Goslings demonstrates the extent of her influence on the next generation of women writers. This is a fresh and readable reappraisal of Charlotte Yonges importance as a popular and serious Victorian novelist.
PROFESSOR VALERIE SANDERS
UNIVERSITY OF HULL
This collection of essays draws attention to the depth and insight offered by Yonges quite extraordinarily prolific writing career. Still a relatively neglected author, her work testifies to the significance of the domestic, indeed feminine dimension of faith in the Victorian period. An impressive range of perspectives is offered by the different contributors, who explore everything from Yonges rather fugitive childrens pieces to her more mainstream novels.
PROFESSOR DENNIS WALDER
About Charlotte Yonge ...
"... the ideas that she promulgated through her books, through her personal influence and through her letters were actually major ideas for a key generation of Victorian women the women born in the second half of the 1840's who went on to become the first generation of women head teachers, who founded the Girls' High Schools, and who became the Principals of the new women's colleges at various universities." (Julia Courtney, Open University)
"... one could say that this [Yonge's Monthly Packet] was one of the first teenage magazines that was ever written ... " (Amy de Gruchy, UCL) "... she's not a feminist, but she doesn't say that being a woman lets you out of anything at all ... " (Julia Courtney, Open University)
About the Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship, and its website ...
This website is intended as a focus for scholarly and general information on the life and works of the Victorian novelist and writer Charlotte Mary Yonge (18231901).
Yonge was a best-selling author in her time. Her output was prodigious over 250 works. Most were reprinted many times, and many were published all over the world in the orginal English and in translation.
Today, an increasing number of Yonge's works are available in commercial print editions and as cheap print-on-demand versions. About 100 of her works are available free online from Project Gutenberg, Google Books, and other libraries and agencies. You can read or download these directly from our list of works page.
There are now a couple of free talking books (from Librivox). Some of Yonge's works in Google Books may be difficult for you to download if you are in England or Europe Google's lawyers seem to believe that some books published in England before 1901 though in the public domain are still subject to copyright in the UK !
Much of this website relates to her works, bringing together publication details, plot summaries, contemporary and modern reviews, links to texts in all formats, and general and scholarly material. We have a very extensive bibliography of Yonge-related publications, and we link to a range of other Victorian, literary and artistic sites.
Interest in the Victorian era and in women writers such as Charlotte Yonge is growing all the time, as the steadily-increasing total of Yonge-related theses and conference papers show.
The Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship itself is open to everyone. It organises regular meetings in the UK. It also publishes a twice-yearly Review (free to members) and the more scholarly Journal. We have an archive of Yonge and Yonge-related works held at St Hugh's College in Oxford University. Fellowship members may use our Loan Collection of Charlotte Yonge works, and have unrestricted access to the extensive members' area of this CMYF website.
Membership is not at all expensive -- and joining is simple. See our membership page for how to join the Fellowship and how surprisingly little it costs.