Victorian Festival of Christmas

A Study of Fandom

A couple of weeks ago the Victorian Christmas Festival was on in Portsmouth. It’s a fantastic event that happens every year and gets lots of businesses and local people involved, including an exhibition from the archive I research in. I was sadly unable to go, but with this year being Sherlock Holmes themed, I couldn’t not tell you all about it!

So hear it from someone who was there and loved it; Lucy Smith (fellow PhD student at Portsmouth University):

“The 2013 Victorian Christmas Festival at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was the biggest yet, with a varied mix of themed ‘snowy streets’, market stalls, exhibitions, theatre and performances and a vast number of actors from the Groundlings Theatre Company, as well as volunteers dressed as Victorian characters from history and fiction.

Victorian Christmas

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The festival was organised into a number of colourful themed areas such as a phantasmagorical Art Nouveau pub staging sea shanties and…

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