Conferences and Events

Upcoming presentations

Historical Conceptions of Englishness
Alice will chair a roundtable discussion about what it meant to be 'English', and how this was understood both in England and elsewhere in the past.
Tuesday 20th November, Oxford Centre for Life Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford

The Anthony Baines Archive at the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments
An introduction to the archive, and Alice's new role as Research Associate at the Bate. This fascinating archive contains unpublished musical research covering a wide range of topics and periods: from European woodwind to Chinese strings, and from the medieval to the modern day.
Monday 12th November, Telling Social Histories through Musical Instruments conference, St Cecelia's Hall, Edinburgh

Title to be confirmed...
In this paper Alice will present her recently completed doctoral research into the musical collection of John Malchair (1730-1812), particuarly his two extant tunebooks, and what these reveal about eighteenth-century collecting, and the collection of 'national music' in England.
Graduate Research Colloquium, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Tuesday 29th January 2019, 5.15-7.15pm, including drinks, followed by optional dinner

John Malchair: Musician, Artist, and Teacher
John Malchair (1730-1812) not only led the band at the Oxford Music Room, he also taught drawing to undergraduates. While most authors focus on his artwork, this talk will present Malchair's teaching philosophy, and what can be learned about the man and his attitudes from the way he related to his pupils.
Education in the Long Eighteenth Century Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London
Saturday 9th February 2019, 2-4pm, including tea and cake

Events convened and chaired

Seminar series: Instruments of the Eighteenth Century
During Hilary Term 2018, Alice convened a second series of seminars on the topic of 'Instruments of the Eighteenth Century', asking what can be gained by applying a musical lens to our research?

Seminar titles took the form 'Instruments of...', for example, 'Instruments of War' considering the experiences of conflict from the point of view of militia bands.

This series took place at the Bate Collection of Musical Instrument, and received funding from BSECS, and support from interdisciplinary TORCH network, RECSO (Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Oxford).

Click the image to view the poster for the second term of events - the first term's seminars are shown below; abstracts for each week in Hilary Term are available here.


Seminar series: Instruments of the Eighteenth Century
During Michaelmas Term 2017 Alice convened the first half of a series of seminars on the topic of 'Instruments of the Eighteenth Century'

Click the image to view the poster for the first series of seminars - the second term's events are given on the poster above; abstracts for each seminar in Michaelmas Term are available here.

Reviews are available to read as follows:
Instruments of War: Eamonn O'Keeffe on militia band instruments
Instruments of Emancipation: Francis Knights on keyboard instruments
Instruments of Love: Isobel Clarke and Douglas MacMillan on recorders
Instruments of Status: Dr Elizabeth Ford on flutes


Study Day and Reading Group: Cultures of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland
Humanities Centre, University of Oxford
Alice was convenor and chair.
Friday 17th February 2017, Reading Group 10th February

Click to view the event poster; and to read the detailed programme for the day, which includes the recommended reading provided by the speakers.

The Reading Group took place a week before the Study Day as a way to allow participants to consider and discuss the speakers' work in advance.

Comments relating to the day can be found under the #culturesofcollecting hashtag on Twitter; and a review was published on the RECSO blog.

Papers and workshops delivered

The Life - and Times? - of John Malchair, 1730-1812
This paper presents the music of John Malchair alongside the important events of his day, and asks what light a knowledge of the latter sheds on out understanding of Malchair's life.
Biography and Public History conference, University of Nottingham
Wednesday 20th June 2018

It’s not what you know… John Malchair’s network of drawing pupils
In this paper Alice read extracts from Malchair’s treatise to reveal his teaching philosophy, showed examples of his artwork and that of his pupils, and discussed the networks Malchair built up through his teaching practice and how these fed into other areas of his life.
EAERN (Eighteenth-Century Arts Education Research Network) Colloquium, University of Glasgow
Wednesday 6th June 2018

The Tunebooks of J. B. Malchair: some conclusions
This presentation to members of the Music Faculty looked at the main conclusions of Alice's doctoral thesis, and asked whether a historical or musical approach brings most insight.
GRACIAS, Music Faculty, University of Oxford
Monday 14th May 2018

Eighteenth-century music collecting in England: where are all the women?
In this presentation Alice listed the female figures that have appeared in her research so far, and explored ways to balance the genders in a thesis focused on the work of one man.
Women's Studies Group Annual Workshop, Foundling Museum, London
Sunday 13th May 2018

How much evidence do you need?
A look at life writing from a historical perspective: how can you be sure that events – or thoughts or feelings – actually happened? This talk will use examples from the marginalia of John Malchair, William Crotch and their circle of musical friends in eighteenth-century Oxford.
Oxford Centre for Life Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford
Tuesday 13th February 2018

For the sake of difference: John Malchair’s tune comparisons, 1760-95
Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs, English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) at Cecil Sharp House, London
6th-7th October 2017

Music Across Borders: categorising ‘national music’ in eighteenth-century Oxford
Interdisciplinary conference, Borders, Boundaries, and Beyond in the Long Eighteenth-Century, University of Sheffield
Friday 21st April 2017

The Music of J. B. Malchair - stories and tunes from William Crotch's 'Malchair MS', including Malchair's own compositions, with live music provided by Alice Little (violin) and Danny Chapman (cello).
St Cross College, University of Oxford
Tuesday 14th March 2017

Seasonal Songs and Forgotten Tunes: an exploration of the song collections of Percy Manning - a composition workshop with an introduction to Manning's music collections.
Music Faculty, University of Oxford
Sunday 12th March 2017

Categorising ‘national music’ in eighteenth-century Oxford
Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar, University of Edinburgh
Wednesday 1st March 2017

Collecting Places: John Malchair’s drawings of eighteenth-century Oxford, in the context of his music collecting - including a chance to examine some of Malchair's artwork from the Ashmolean's collection.
Reading Images Seminar, Ashmolean Museum
Wednesday 15th February 2017

What did Oxford sound like in 1784? A musical snapshot based on the tune collections of J. B. Malchair
Graduate Seminar in History, University of Oxford
Wednesday 1st February 2017

How to Die: Victorian working-class attitudes towards death in broadside ballads
Death and Culture Conference, University of York
1st-3rd September 2016