The Centre for John Clare Studies was established in February 2014 in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. Drawing on the participation and expertise of the international scholarly community, the Centre provides a forum for scholarly activity focused on John Clare and related literary, historical, ecological and political subjects.
Our initial projects included a collaboration with Peterborough Archives and Vivacity to curate a major exhibition based on Clare’s manuscripts, held in Peterborough Museum from 10 May to 22 June 2014, and a collaboration with five exciting artists in UnEarthed: John Clare, exhibited at Clare Cottage during the summer of 2014 and subsequently at Northampton and Peterborough Museums.
Our activities in Cambridge include a monthly discussion group and occasional symposia (the first of these, on ‘Clare, Botany and Classification in the Early Nineteenth Century’, took place on 23 September 2014 in the Cambridge Botanic Garden; the next, on ‘Clare and the Art of Birdwatching’, is planned for 15 September 2017). We also host and promote other events, including occasional conferences and lectures, as well as Out of my Knowledge, an online forum for scholarly notes and queries on Clare.