Spotlight on Derby University

Tue 7 July 2020

Spotlight on Derby University

It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.

Please save the dates for next year’s Festival taking place 2 – 18 July 2021.


The Georgian Home: consumption, comfort and display

To celebrate the partnership between BIF and the University of Derby our ‘spotlight’ is turned on a piece of research from the Derby academic team. The Georgian Home will contrast the idealisation and realities of the home in the eighteenth century in England. Considering the different experiences of domestic life from across the social spectrum it will explore how ideals of comfort, cleanliness and prudence were put into practice by those designing and living in houses. Drawing on examples from pauper houses, the homes of emerging middling sort and the country house the Derby team will compare and contrast the experiences of the Georgians at home.

The speakers are Dr Freya Gowrley, Dr Joseph Harley and Dr Ruth Larsen from the School of Humanities at the University of Derby.