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Franco-Australian Connections in an Industrial World

A day of events exploring historic Franco-Australian connections in Bristol, organized by Dr Valentina Gosetti and Dr Daniel Finch-Race.

10:00-12:00: SS Great Britain - discussion of Franco-Australian perspectives with video contributions from Australian researchers, followed by an opportunity to explore the venue, renowned as 'one of the most important historic ships in the world'.

14:00-15:30: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery - tour with curator Dr Jenny Gaschke and local artist Alice Cunningham.

16:00-17:30: University of Bristol Theatre Collection + Library Special Collections - showcase of rare materials with Philip Kent (Director of Libraries), Jo Elsworth (Director of Cultural Collections), Jill Sullivan (Archives Assistant), and Michael Richardson (Special Collections Librarian).

These free events are about exploring connections between Europe and Australia. Our starting point will be parallels in environmental concerns since the Industrial Revolution, when there was a significant increase in travel and cultural exchanges. The interactive activities will provide opportunities to appreciate how Australia, the Francophone world, and the UK have long had much in common.

You are welcome to attend as much of the day as you like - for tickets please see the Eventbrite page.

This event is supported by the Language Acts and Worldmaking Small Grants scheme, as well as the Bristol Poetry Institute, the Centre for Material Texts, and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Bristol, and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New England, Armidale.