Ghosts are woven into the very fabric of our lives. Their enduring popularity in art and literature, film and folklore attest to their continuing power to fascinate, terrify and inspire. 

Our conceptions of ghosts are rooted in our shared past – ghosts personify the layers of history beneath our feet, the old stories that refuse to be erased. But how and why has their appearance and behaviour changed over time? And what do the different forms they take reveal about them – and us?

In this talk, Susan Owens will explore the wide range of roles that ghosts have played in Britain's cultural life, looking at how they reflect our changing attitudes, our hopes and fears.


This lecture will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all participants.


This talk will be live in our online classroom

All you need to take part is a good internet connection and a computer with a webcam, microphone and Zoom.

On booking this talk, you will receive an email with the Zoom link to access it. Remember to check your spam folder if you don't receive this confirmation email in your inbox.

Please send us a message if you have any questions. We hope you enjoy the talk!

About Susan Owens

Image of course leader Susan Owens Formerly a curator at the V&A, Susan Owens writes and lectures widely on British art. Her books include 'The Ghost: A Cultural History and Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers and the British Landscape'.
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