Scenery, Antiquities and Manufactures: Touring Nineteenth-Century Yorkshire with Murray's Handbook for Travellers.
The fifth talk in the Leeds Cultural Conversations 2016/17 series.
Presented by Dr Gráinne Goodwin.
'The special objects of interest for the traveller in Yorkshire are the manufactures, the geology, the antiquities and the scenery of the county.' So pronounced Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Yorkshire to the prospective visitor in the late nineteenth century. Guidebooks are rich in what they can tell us about the tastes and values of their age, especially when what constitutes a tourist attraction in one era may differ markedly from our own. In this talk Dr Gráinne Goodwin explored how Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Yorkshire promoted industrial tourism through its routes and travel itineraries and considered how established regional highlights were depicted.
The talk was filmed by Tomaso Aramini, a student from the Northern Film School.
This event was part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series, presented by Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council. Leeds Cultural Conversations are a series of monthly talks programmed by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University. For more information on the series please visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/LCC.