Diseases of Modern Life

Victorian Light Night: Collaborating with Cheney School

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This is the podcast for the ERC-funded interdisciplinary project Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth Century Perspectives, at the University of Oxford.

The project explores the medical, literary and cultural responses in the Victorian age to the perceived problems of stress and overwork, anticipating many of the preoccupations of our own era.
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Victorian Light Night: Collaborating with Cheney School
In this episode, we explore how the project collaborated with Year 8 pupils at Cheney School to make Victorian Light Night (16/11/18) a success. For further information - and to view the winning designs - see our blog at www.diseasesmodernlife.org Produced by: Dr Catherine Charlwood With thanks to: Dr Lorna Robinson and Cheney School Music for this episode came from the Free Music Archive, with two songs (Little Nemo Selection and L’Encore) performed by the Victor Hugo Orchestra and recorded on Edison Cylinders between 1909-1910. This music is licensed under the Public Domain Mark 1.0 License. The sound effects came from the BBC Sound Effects Archive, which are made available for educational use under the RemArc Licence: - Electric school bell rings. (Recorded in London, 1980.) - One unshod horse passes at trot on rough track, with some birdsong.
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