Victorian Fayre

William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet.

Saturday 24th February 2018

Articles 

A selection of articles and stories relating to William Barnes and Dorset's cultural heritage.

AROUND THE WORLD WITH WILLIAM BARNES: Part 2 - Greece

AROUND THE WORLD WITH WILLIAM BARNES: Part 2 - Greece

Jim Potts returns to Greece to explore Athens and the Influence of Greek Culture in works of Byron, Barnes and Hardy

Part 2: My Early Years in the Dorset of William Barnes

Part 2: My Early Years in the Dorset of William Barnes

As a part of series, Hilary Townsend continues to look back on how William Barnes poetry reflected in her growing up in the Blackmore Vale

Christmasing and Wassailing

Christmasing and Wassailing

Regular contributor, Jim Potts looks at regional poetry surrounding Christmasing and Wassailing

Around the World with William Barnes - Bermuda

Around the World with William Barnes - Bermuda

Jim Potts travels to Bermuda to discover the islands connections with Dorset and William Barnes

William Barnes and Winslow Homer

William Barnes and Winslow Homer

Jim Potts examines the illustrations by artists Winslow Homer and Hammatt Billings for William Barnes book 'Rural Poems' published in Boston, America in 1869

The “Sun-Prints” of Rev. William Miles Barnes, Photographer

The “Sun-Prints” of Rev. William Miles Barnes, Photographer

Photographs of Rural Life in the time of William Barnes

Around the World with William Barnes: Part 1 - Greece

Around the World with William Barnes: Part 1 - Greece

Jim Potts travels to Greece to explore Evangelistria Monastery and how the wall paintings relate to one of Barnes poems

Part 1: My Early Years in the Dorset of William Barnes

Part 1: My Early Years in the Dorset of William Barnes

As a part of series, Hilary Townsend looks back at her childhood and how William Barnes poetry reflected in her growing up in the Blackmore Vale

Dorsetshire Customs, & C.

Dorsetshire Customs, & C.

Dorsetshire Customs, & C. by William Barnes. Harvest Home, Hay making, Matrimonial Oracles, Midsummer Eve, Peace in 1814, Country Pairs, Perambulations

Surdly Sam

Surdly Sam

Surdly Sam by David Downton. A sketch ‘Surely Sam’ and poem entitled ‘Zummer’ taken from George Philip Rigney Pulman Pulman’s ‘Rustic Sketches: Being Rhymes on Angling and Other Subjects Illustrative of Rural Life’ written in the East Devon dialect.

The Stained Glass Attitude

The Stained Glass Attitude

The Stained Glass Attitude: The Parsons' Window at Liverpool Cathedral

Social Changes in the 1830's

Social Changes in the 1830's

Social Changes in the 1830's by Marion Tait. William Barnes insight into Social Change and upheaval in the 1830’s can be found in the following eclogues. The eclogues present discussions and at least two viewpoints. They give a detailed picture of social conditions and the society of the land folk.

WESSEX WORTHIES: William Barnes

WESSEX WORTHIES: William Barnes

WESSEX WORTHIES: William Barnes by J. J. Foster

The Folk-Lore of William Barnes

The Folk-Lore of William Barnes

The Folk-Lore of William Barnes by John Symonds Udal

William Barnes by Llewelyn Powys

William Barnes by Llewelyn Powys

Extract taken from Thirteen Worthies by Llewelyn Powys published in 1923

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Victorian Fayre William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet. Saturday 24th February 2018
What’s the point of William Barnes in 21st Century? For the many years of the dominance of Received Pronunciation (RP) it was easy to see William Barnes as an irrelevant eccentric. With more recent developments in linguistics, and a growing interest in national and regional diversity, it may be time for Barnes to reclaim his place as a significant figure in the world!! Dr Richard Bradbury will also discuss his more socially engaged prose works. Tuesday 27th March 2018
Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes Morning service, with dialect reading and wreath laying at William Barnes and and his daughter Laura grave Sunday 22nd April 2018
The Serpent and it’s Local Connections Come an listen to musician, Philip Humphries talk on the history and development of the strange bass wind instrument known as the 'Serpent' due to its curious shape. This talk will be interspersed with music and poetry. Tuesday 15th May 2018

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Come, so’s, an’ buy at Fancy Feäir Traditional Victorian Fayre, a William Barnes Society Fund-Raising event to celebrate the life of William Barnes, Dorset dialect poet Monday 19th February 2018
William Barnes and My Father Sam Jeffrey has very kindly donated The Poems of William Barnes Edited by Bernard Jones Vol 1 in Dorset Dialect and The Poems of William Barnes Edited by Bernard Jones Vol 2 in National English to the Society. Sunday 28th January 2018
John Blackmore captivates Society members Following the recent William Barnes Society Annual General Meeting, John Blackmore presented 'Music and Song' to the audience. Sunday 15th October 2017
Service of Remembrance to William Barnes On Sunday 8h October 2017 10:30am, at St Peter’s Church, Dorchester, the Morning Service to commemorate the anniversary of the death of William Barnes took place. It was followed by a wreath laying at the statute. Monday 9th October 2017

WESSEX WORTHIES: William Barnes

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