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About the Project

identifierGates to the Glorious and the Unknown combines research from the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW), the Centre for Research in Kent History and Archaeology (CRKHA) and the Creative and Professional Writing Programme at Canterbury Christ Church University.

It seeks to present research on the historical, literary and cultural context of Kent 1862 – 1922 through a combination of research and creative practice.

Gates to the Glorious and Unknown is funded by Arts Council England and Canterbury Christ Church University.


Research from the ICVWW: Professor Carolyn Oulton, Professor Adrienne Gavin, Alyson Hunt.

Research from the CRKHA: Dr Martin Watts.

Research from Faculty of Education: Dr Andrew Humphries.

Web design and narrative: Katherine May.

The Project Team

Professor Adrienne Gavin

Adrienne Gavin is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and Co-founder and Honorary Director of the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW), Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Author of Dark Horse: A Life of Anna Sewell (2004), the proposal for which won the Biographers’ Club Prize 2000, she has produced critical editions of Caroline Clive’s Paul Ferroll, Henry de Vere Stacpoole’s The Blue Lagoon, C. L. Pirkis’s The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective, and Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. She is editor of The Child in British Literature (2012) and Robert Cormier (2012), and co-editor with Christopher Routledge of Mystery in Children’s Literature (2001), with Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton of Writing Women of the Fin de Siècle (2011), and with Andrew F. Humphries of Childhood in Edwardian Fiction (2009; winner of the Children’s Literature Association Edited Book Award) and Transport in British Fiction (2015).


Dr Andrew Humphries

Andrew F. Humphries has a PhD in English from the University of Kent and an MA from Cambridge University and is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He teaches English primary and secondary education and also lectures in twentieth-century literature in the School of Humanities. He is co-editor with Adrienne E. Gavin of the award-winning Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time (Palgrave 2009). His main area of research is the work of D. H. Lawrence and Modernism he is currently writing a book entitled Transport and Cultural Transition in the Novels of D. H. Lawrence: “‘A Great Sense of Journeying’. He has also had essays published on H. G. Wells, E. M. Forster, Katherine Mansfield and Robert Cormier. His most recently publication is a co-edited book Transport in British Fiction: Technologies of Movement 1840-1940 (Palgrave 2015).

Alyson Hunt

Alyson Hunt is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University and a Research Associate for the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers. Her current research explores the concept of Victorian crime short fiction as a vehicle for social anxieties and considers how dress and clothing illuminates and encrypts these anxieties.

Katherine May

Katherine is an author of fiction and memoir, with an interest in digital writing. Her publications include Ghosts and their Uses (2007), Burning Out (2009) and The 52 Seductions (2011), and her blog of the same name won her a Red’s Hot Women award in 2011. She lectures on the Creative and Professional Writing degree, and is currently researching the anthropology of online self-narrative for a PhD.

Professor Carolyn Oulton

Carolyn Oulton is a Professor of Victorian Literature and Director of the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (which she co-founded with Professor Adrienne Gavin) at Canterbury Christ Church University. As well as the Brontë to Bloomsbury project her work on women writers includes Let the Flowers Go: a Life of Mary Cholmondeley, general editorship of the 9 volume series New Woman Fiction 1881-1899 and co-editorship with Adrienne Gavin on Writing Women of the Fin de Siècle: Authors of Change, and with SueAnn Schatz on Mary Cholmondeley Reconsidered.

Dr Martin Watts

Martin’s research centres on the military, political and social effects of conflict, using primary source material from both official and personal archives, to explain the lived experience of those involved. In addition, Martin is interested in the effect of the industrial revolution upon Kent society, and exploring the strong connections between Kent and the armed forces during both world wars.

The research team would like to express their profound thanks to Kent County Council, Westminster City Archive, London Transport Museum and Whitstable Museum for archival access. Every effort has been made to attribute the sources of all images used in this site. If, however, there have been errors in this, please do not hesitate to inform us using the contact form.

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