Speaker: Susan Owens
5 December 2017

The idea that the dead can return to haunt the living is ingrained in English imagination and part of our national culture.

Telling the fascinating story of ghosts in English art and entertainment, this lecture draws on diverse and intriguing visual sources, including church wall-paintings, political caricatures, magic lantern slides and folk art. It explores what the changing appearance of ghosts reveals about them, and us.

Dr. Susan Owens was formerly Curator of Paintings at the V&A Museum where she specialised in British drawings and watercolours. Before that she worked for the Royal Collection as assistant curator of the Windsor Castle print room. She has curated numerous displays and exhibitions of drawings, and publishes and lectures widely on British art.