Interrogating Hardy

Seven podcasts led by Hardy curator, Harriet Still

Our Hardy’s Wessex exhibition celebrated the activism and forward-thinking of Thomas Hardy. But was he really a social activist?

From women’s rights to social inequality, our podcasts interrogate Hardy. With the help of guests, including an academic researcher and an expert on the modern-day, these episodes show that maybe he was just a small cog in the social changes occurring in Victorian Britain.

Join Wessex Museums’ Hardy Curator, Harriet Still, and her guests as they questioned the exceptionality of Hardy.

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