To launch the new Leicester Georgian Interest Group, Roey Sweet will give a public lecture on the Grand Tour to Italy. A leading international expert on the subject, Roey will explore how eighteenth-century travellers experienced and represented the urban environments they encountered as they made the Grand Tour. It will examine the changing responses of the British to the cities of Florence, Rome, Naples and Venice, during a period of unprecedented urbanisation at home.
Roey Sweet is professor of urban history at the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester. She is also Director of Partnerships and Engagement at the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her research focuses upon urban culture, the history of travel and the reception of the past in the eighteenth century. These interests all combine in her book on British travellers in Italy, Cities and the Grand Tour: The British in Italy, c. 1690-1820.
The launch event will take place at 5:30pm on Thursday 6th September at the Great Meeting House on East Bond Street. Refreshments will follow the talk.