This post was originally published on Adam James Smith’s blog, 02//07/2014

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to attend ‘Radcliffe at 250’, an international conference hosted by the University of Sheffield. The conference (which was co-organised by Angela Wright, Joe Bray, Maddy Callaghan, Andrew Smith and Dale Townsend) featured keynotes by Emma Cleary and Fred Botting and a full tour and banquet at Hardwick Hall.

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You can find out more about the conference at the official site or by following the conference team on Twitter (@Radcliffe250).

The conference generated an enormous amount of coverage on the Twittersphere, with many delegates live tweeting the fantastic array of papers whilst others uploaded pictures of the astonishing scenery and imaginative catering on offer. I have collated some of the social media coverage into this ‘Storify’ compilation: https://storify.com/elementaladam/radcliffe-at-250-251

Radcliffe at 250 staff

The conference also dove-tailed beautifully with ‘Literature of the Country House‘, the first ever MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to be produced and delivered by the University of Sheffield’s School of English. This week on the MOOC, learners have actually been reading Ann Radcliffe’s Mysteries of Udolpho, and over the duration of the course they have encountered many of the conference organiser as MOOC educators.

Radcliffe at 250

Since I was attending the conference (which also hosted a paper by my fellow MOOC Mentor and PhD peer, Carly Stevenson), it seemed like a good opportunity to put something special together for all of our learners on the course… The result is this short collection of interviews recorded at the conference in which delegates explain why Radcliffe and the Gothic are still so important 250 years later:

Ann Radcliffe at 250: Behind the Scenes

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