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Public events

Events run in conjunction with the University of Southampton. All welcome.

John Agard
John Agard

The Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing

The Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing (CMCW) brings together academics, students, writers, and poets with interests in the relations between writing, other art forms, the sciences, law, women's writing, finance, cultural history, postcolonialism, and philosophy. For information on our past and forthcoming events, see our website.


CMRC Lecture Series

Seminars are held at Avenue Campus, unless otherwise stated. Wine and other refreshments will be provided.

For more details, visit the website.

Chawton Estate
Chawton Estate

Chawton House

Chawton House is a specialist library and study centre which focuses on women's writing in English from 1600 to 1830. The main collection consists of early, and in many cases, rare editions of works from this period. Novels, poetry and drama are all included, and the collection is particularly strong in novels from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. There is also a diverse collection of factual material of the period, covering subjects such as female conduct and education, cookery, housekeeping and travel.

The library runs a full lecture and events programme.


Rev James Parkes
Rev James Parkes

The Parkes Institute

The Parkes Institute is a unique centre for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations across the ages. The Institute, through its research, publications, teaching and outreach work, is based on the library and life work of the Christian scholar and activist, the Reverend Dr James Parkes (1896-1981). The library now consists of over 20,000 printed items - books, pamphlets and journals - and is supplemented by one of the largest collections of Jewish archives in Europe, consisting of many hundreds of individual and institutional records, totalling millions of individual items.

Parkes runs lectures, events and a seminar series throughout the year.

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