Exploring Victorians Lecture Series 2019/20

2019 Schedule

September 22nd

On the Dragon’s Trail

With Ines Bonacossa

Learn about Asian influence on the British and Europe during the Victorian Era with Dalnavert’s collections registrar.


October 6th

All About Dolls (Yes, the Creepy Ones Too!)

With Ines Bonacossa

Follow the history of dolls, from pretty, to creepy, and everything in between!


October 20th

Death Photography in the Victorian Era: A Talk in Pictures

With Leif Norman

Join a local professional photographer through his lecture on the curious mourning practices of Victorians through pictures.


November 10th

An Unsuitable Job for a Lady:

Revelations of Victorian Lady Detectives

With Arlene Young

Discover the Victorian fascination with mystery and learn about the history of the female role in detective work — in fiction and real life!


December 8th

The Rescue of Christmas

With Gerry Bowler

Follow Gerry Bowler, author of The World Encyclopedia of Christmas, Santa Claus: A Biography and Christmas in the Crosshairs, through the reinvention of one of the world’s most celebrated holiday.

2020 Schedule

January 26th

Shake-able Shakespeare

With Kevin Klassen

In the spirit of RMTC’s Shakespeare Fest Jan/ Feb 2020, local actor, director, playwright and producer Kevin Klassen talks about why we keep returning to plays by Shakespeare, why we love to shake them up, and how Henry Irving revolutionized Shakespeare in the Victorian era!


February 16th

Bookbinding Demonstration

With Matt Joudrey

Visit for a discussion and demonstration on the art of bookbinding with Matt Joudrey of At Bay Press.


March 8th

Manitoban Woman Artists

With Susan Moffatt

Join us for International Women’s Day and celebrate the culture and creations of Manitoba’s female artists.


April 5th

Form and Function:

A Cultural History of the Corset

With Vanessa Warne & Sabrina Mark

Listen to an illustrated talk exploring the controversial history of the corset,

a celebrated but also much maligned garment. Join us to learn more about whalebone, waspish waists, and the foundations of what Victorians wore.


May 10th

Sir Hugh John Macdonald and the History of Manitoba

With Alexandra Kroeger

To celebrate Manitoba’s sesquicentennial, Curator Alexandra Kroeger explores the life of Sir Hugh John Macdonald through significant moments in Manitoba’s history.


$15 General

$12 Members


Pick 3:

$13 each general ($39)

$10 member ($30)

All 10*:

$100 General

$80 Members

*All 10 offer valid until September 22nd, 2019

ALL lectures begin at 1:30pm and include coffee, tea and cookies.

Dalnavert After Dark

Dalnavert After Dark Presents:
OBSESSED: Victorians & The Macabre

Join us on a candlelit tour of Dalnavert after dark and find out why the Victorians were so obsessed with the macabre and the paranormal. Learn about the Victorians' worst fears and hear about the traditions and rituals they created in order to keep spirits in or out of the spirit world. Teeming with atmosphere, the tour will end in the attic with a ghost story. Come alone at your own risk.

OCT 27-30th Doors and bar open at 7:00pm. Tour/ Show at 8pm & 9:30 (approx. 60 min)

$20 Regular / $18 Member 

*There is a sweet reward for those who come out the other side of the tour: A free take home Halloween treat by Oh Doughnuts!


PHONE: (204) 943-2835

Art installations by Bolshevixen Art Kollectiv (Wendy Sawatzky and Danishka Esterhazy).
Wendy Sawatzky’s ECTOPLASM! Which premiered at the Dalnavert Museum during Nuit Blanche will also be featured in the Dalnavert’s parlour.  Hamilton Family Fonds photographs from University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

A guide will share the fears of Victorians, from a time when new technology collided with old traditions, resulting in strange and macabre new traditions.

Audio installations of 19th century literature exploring these themes will be cast throughout the house and entice you to lean into the darkness.

Finally, make your way into the attic, and as you settle into the shadows, listen to a classic Victorian ghost story by candle light.