Keeping it in the Family: British and Irish Literary Generations, 1770-1930, which was hosted in the de Beer Gallery, University of Otago Library, between 9 December 2016 and 17 March 2017, is now available as an online version of the exhibition.

Senior Lecturer Thomas McLean and Postdoctoral Fellow Ruth Knezevich, both of the Department of English and Linguistics, co-curated the exhibition, which highlights the role of family in creative production in nineteenth-century Britain and Ireland. It features a treasure-trove of works, including manuscript letters, illustrated editions and even a comic book.

Keeping it in the Family is the most public element of Dr McLean’s Marsden-funded research project which examines the lives and works of nineteenth-century British novelists Jane and Anna Maria Porter and their brother, the artist and traveller Robert Ker Porter – a family that was quite famous 200 years ago, in the era of Jane Austen and Lord Byron.


View the exhibition website, including a video of Dr McLean talking about one particular cabinet: the Wordsworths.