8 Jun 2011

Exeter Arts Week: In the Archive with Daphne Du Maurier

As part of Exeter Arts Week, a special event is running at the University entitled 'In the Archive with Daphne Du Maurier.' This timely workshop chimes with the new discovery of her paintings, and offers an opportunity to see manuscripts of her most famous works including Rebecca and Jamaica Inn, led by Acting Head of Special Collections and Reclamation panelist Christine Faunch.
The event takes place on Monday 13th June, 11am - 12:30pm, Seminar A/B Research Commons, University of Exeter.
Booking is essential and can be made my telephone or email. Please click on the link above for the Arts Weeks brochure for details.


  1. This sounds great - what a great idea! I would imagine this could be a great way to get different people into the archive - as I think archive's can sometimes seem a bit intimidating to those who aren't academic researchers or genealogists. Is there much annotation on the manuscripts?

  2. I agree, I suppose it's all the rules to keep the manuscripts secure that can be intimidating. And archivists (like librarians) have a somewhat stern reputation!
    I imagine Christine will display the very early autograph drafts of 'Rebecca' etc, but I have forwarded your question to her.

  3. Christine Faunch9 June 2011 at 10:56

    Hi Kathryn. Most of the typescripts are not heavily annotated but we do have some notebooks. We also have material relating to Daphne's family, including her father, grandfather and earlier ancestors as she did quite a lot of research on them.

  4. Thanks for the additional information Carrie and Christine. It sounds like a fantastic collection. I've only just discovered this blog - sorry for being so late to the party! - so I just did a quick post about you, hope you don't mind.

  5. Brilliant! Any way we can spread the word is great!