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Cambridge Critical Edition of Thomas Hardy's Work
Cambridge Critical Edition of Thomas Hardy's Work
Later this year, the first volumes of the critical edition of Hardy's novels and short stories will begin to appear from Cambridge University Press (CUP).
Apr2019
Safeguarding Hardy's Heritage
Safeguarding Hardy's Heritage
How much longer will the area around Hardy's birthplace remain if we do not take steps to ensure its survival?
Mar2019
Exhibition Concept Developer - Thomas Hardy, Wessex Museums Partnership
Exhibition Concept Developer - Thomas Hardy, Wessex Museums Partnership
As part of our National Portfolio Organisation programme, the Wessex Museums Partnership will deliver a major exhibition on the life and work of Thomas Hardy in the summer of 2021
Feb2019
Journal Cover Design Competition
Journal Cover Design Competition
The THS wishes to give the journal a bolder, brighter, more modern look, and to this end is launching a competition for a brand new cover design open to anyone over the age of 18.
Feb2019
D-Day for Dorchester by Alistair Chisholm
D-Day for Dorchester by Alistair Chisholm
The S.T.A.N.D (Save The Area North of Dorchester) coordinating group is gathering together the various challenges to the development of this site
Feb2019
The Thomas Hardy Society Essay Competition
The Thomas Hardy Society Essay Competition
Calling all Y10 and 11 and A-level English Literature students!
Jan2019
Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition 2019
Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition 2019
This year’s Patrick Tolfree essay competition, open to students of any academic level over the age of 18 and living anywhere in the world.
Jan2019
How do you move a 2000-year-old mosaic without breaking it?
How do you move a 2000-year-old mosaic without breaking it?
Moving an historic, 2000-year-old, fragile mosaic is not for the faint hearted but when it stands in the way of the Dorset County Museum’s £14.9 million redevelopment programme - needs must!
Jan2019
Hidden Faces, Hidden Places
Hidden Faces, Hidden Places
Hidden Faces, Hidden Places: Stories behind Objects from the Thomas Hardy Archive
Oct2018
A Portland Tale by Sid Payne
A Portland Tale by Sid Payne
A PORTLAND TALE: A VIEW OF PARISH LIFE IN GEORGIAN ENGLAND. An historical novel by Sid Payne, based on 18th Century Dorset. Published by Olympia Press
Oct2018
The End of Casterbridge?
The End of Casterbridge?
One of the most distinctive aspects of Dorchester is the sharp cut off between town and country on the northern side.
Sep2018
International Hardy Fans Tour
International Hardy Fans Tour
Keri Jones went on a walking tour that guided many international visitors around Shaftesbury and, surprisingly, our world-famous Gold Hill wasn’t on the itinerary!
Jul2018
Terence Stamp to speak
Terence Stamp to speak
How could one ever forget the seminal 1967 John Schlesinger movie of Far from the Madding Crowd, and its star-studded cast:
Jul2018
50th Anniversary Festival
50th Anniversary Festival
The Thomas Hardy Society is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Festival and International Conference from 14th - 21st July 2018
Jul2018
Commemorative Merchandise
Commemorative Merchandise
You may have noticed that we have designed a special logo for this year, celebrating 50 years of the Thomas Hardy Society.
Jul2018
A Pair of Blue Eyes Study Day
A Pair of Blue Eyes Study Day
A Pair of Blue Eyes Study Day: Thomas Hardy Society Study day Programme
Apr2018
2018 Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition
2018 Patrick Tolfree Student Essay Competition
Welcome to this year's Patrick Tolfree essay competition, open to students of any academic level over the age of 18 and living anywhere in the world.
Mar2018
Thomas Hardy altarpiece is returned to its original splendour
Thomas Hardy altarpiece is returned to its original splendour
Conservation work to the altarpiece designed by the novelist Thomas Hardy, that was uncovered at All Saints Church in Windsor in 2016, has been carried out by Cliveden Conservation. The altarpiece, which is made up of different types of stone, required various techniques and conservation materials.
Nov2017
New online resource to explore fashion in Thomas Hardy’s writing
New online resource to explore fashion in Thomas Hardy’s writing
The new film version of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd feeds into the ongoing fascination for fashion depicted in classic novels and their modern adaptations for TV and film. A new online facility has been developed by the University of Exeter and Dorset County Museum to catalogue referen
May2015
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