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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Event: Thomas Hardy and Dorset Folklore a talk by Dr. Peter Robson at the Dorset County Museum

Hardy Players' Mummers
The Mummers in the Hardy Players' version of
'The Return of the Native'. Eustacia Vye
(extreme left, disguised) was played by Gertrude Bugler.
On Christmas Night 1920 the players gave a
performance at Hardy's house, Max Gate.
The novels and stories of Thomas Hardy are filled with examples of folklore – customs, songs, superstitions, witches, mummers and much more. 

But were these country traditions actually taken by Hardy from the Dorset of his childhood or were they products of his fertile literary imagination? On the Thursday 25th July 2013 at 7.30pm at the Dorset County Museum Dr. Peter Robson will explore this question by looking at a variety of examples of Dorset folklore described by Hardy, from the Mellstock Quire to the Egdon Mummers, from Conjuror Trendle to the unfortunate William Privett and beyond. 

He will illustrate his talk by pictures of the people and places concerned and by sound recordings. 

Dr. Peter Robson has been researching Dorset folklore for many years and has written and spoken widely on this subject. Most recently he has become particularly interested in Thomas Hardy’s writings as an almost untapped source for the study of rural folklore. This is the second in a series of five lectures about Thomas Hardy and is part of a larger project including the National Trust and the University of Exeter

It is hoped that the more academic nature of these lectures will provide the general public and lovers of Hardy’s novels with an increased connection to contemporary ideas about his work.  

Entry to the talk is FREE but a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book. Doors open at 7.00pm. 

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org  

Source: Dorset County Museum Blog - dorsetcountymuseum.wordpress.com

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