We recently welcomed A level pupils from Norton Hill, Holyrood Academy and Wellsway schools together with 40 of our own pupils to a one-day Gothic conference at Downside.

Dr Emma McEvoy, Senior Lecturer from the University of Westminster, delivered two lectures and seminars on the Evolving Vampire and the American Gothic. Our resident History of Art teacher Dr Rachel Sanders, who also lectures at the City Literary Institute, talked on the Gothic in Art and Architecture and the line-up was completed by award-winning author Natasha Pulley, (pictured above) whose works include The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and The Bedlam Stacks.

Visiting pupils were also treated to a tour of the magnificent Downside Abbey Church (built in the Gothic Revival style) by Father James from the Downside monastic community.

This event was a very productive day with great feedback from Downside and visiting pupils and the visiting teachers.

“The comparison between Japanese and British Gothic meant key themes were explained well and history was taught really well.” 
Visiting pupil to the ‘Visions of the Gothic’ conference