Arts of Place

A meeting-point for all who care what we make of our surroundings.


“Arts of Place promotes work on cultural histories of landscape, locality and environment. We want to foster rich understandings of places past and present. Our events and mailing list are open to all. Please do join us.”

Alexandra Harris and Jessica Fay, University of Birmingham


Coming soon: Pioneers of Local Thinking, a project funded by the British Academy. We’re looking for a part-time Research Associate to join the project team. Application details here (closing 12 June).

Clare Bucknell at Selly Manor Museum
Our friends at the Nineteenth-Century Centre will host a public lecture on 25 May, exploring major new work on poetry anthologies. Details here.


Explore our writing, talks, collaborations, and opportunities

Table Talks

Monday Conversation 5th December: an evening of discussion about wine and dining with Heber Rodrigues and Will Bowers

Trees of History

A summer evening of tree-themed readings and discussion in the Barber Gallery



Meet our collaborators

Alexandra Harris

Professorial Fellow in English at the University of Birmingham.

Jessica Fay

Teaching Fellow in Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Literature, University of Birmingham

Will May

Associate Professor in English, University of Southampton

Fariha Shaikh

Lecturer in Victorian Literature, University of Birmingham

What’s on your bookshelf?

Arts of Place members and friends offer a trove of short reflections on items from their bookshelves that have shaped their thinking about place. From classic pieces of nature writing, to contemporary works of criticism and theory, via local history, poetry and novels, we are creating an archive of book recommendations that will help enrich our perspectives.

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Keep up with Arts of Place

Featured image: David Cox, The Cross Roads, oil on panel, 1850, Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries.
Find out more in our Bookshelf entry on Common Land in English Painting, 1700-1850