I’m very happy to share this press release from the University of Suffolk, which was initially published on the university’s website. I am so proud of this symposium, and grateful to Lucy who has been very generously vocal about the academic sources in her new Agatha Christie biography.
Popular historian and television presenter, Lucy Worsley was in Ipswich this week to chat about her new book as the University of Suffolk launched its Centre for Culture and Heritage.
She took part in a livestream National Archives talk in partnership with the University of Suffolk about her new biography, Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman and took questions from the live audience and online fans overseen by Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, a Visiting Fellow at the University, and an internationally recognised authority on Christie.
Guests also queued to have their own copies of Lucy’s book signed at a drinks reception which formed part of a day held at The Hold to celebrate to launch of the University’s Centre for Culture and Heritage.
An afternoon public symposium also focused on the Queen of Crime and her life and Jamie was joined by fellow Christie experts Sarah Martin, PhD researcher at the University of Chester, and co-organiser of the Agatha Christie and the Golden Age of Crime Conference, and Benedict Morrison, lecturer in literature at the University of Exeter and contributor to the Bloomsbury Handbook of Agatha Christie, to discuss a range of points about the author’s life including marriage, archaeology, success and the infamous year of 1926 when she disappeared.
Dr Amanda Hodgkinson, Associate Professor English and Creative Writing at the University of Suffolk said: “In line with our centre’s mission to champion and value culture and heritage across the UK and beyond, the University of Suffolk partnered with The National Archives in London for the Lucy Worsley evening, livestreaming the event to well over 1000 viewers.
“The Centre intends to hold regular events throughout the year and aims to inspire a pride in our history and culture through research, exhibitions, events, education, and outreach activities.
“Being able to partner with the London National Archives and share our wonderful launch evening with viewers from around the world was a particular pleasure.
“For me, this exciting event with historian, author and much-loved TV presenter Lucy Worsley, is an example of the ways in which the centre intends to connect with communities regionally, nationally and internationally.”
Also commenting on the success of the events, Jamie Bernthal-Hooker said: “It was a joy to celebrate the launch of the Centre for Culture and Heritage with such a fun and rewarding event.
“The atmosphere was one of curiosity and pleasure, and there was a real buzz in the air as we thought about a very famous writer in new ways.
“In the evening, national treasure Lucy Worsley shared her infectious enthusiasm for Agatha Christie, and brought her life and history alive. What a wonderful way to start the academic year.”
Photographs by Simon Lee