The Time Machine


What will the future be like? And how do stories move us through time? These concepts were explored at the Time Machines exhibition at Palace Green Library. Central to this was the original manuscript for H.G. Wells’s enduring novel, The Time Machine. In these podcasts three English researchers, whose work underpins the exhibition, explain how Wells inspired new stories about time travel, and how more recent stories continue to imagine the future.

An Introduction to Time Machines, by Simon James and Jenny Terry

In this podcast, Professor Simon James and Dr. Jenny Terry introduce the main themes of Palace Green Library’s new exhibition Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there. Produced by Andrea Rangecroft. Book extracts read by Neil Armstrong, Sarah Boulter, Paul Dunn, and Samantha Morris.

H. G. Wells in focus, by Simon James

In this podcast, Professor Simon James discusses the life and work of H. G. Wells, whose work inspired Palace Green Library’s new exhibition Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there. Produced by Andrea Rangecroft. Book extracts read by Neil Armstrong, Sarah Boulter, Paul Dunn, and Samantha Morris. Photography by Colin Davison.

Feminist Utopias and Afrofuturism, by Jennifer Terry and Sarah Lohmann

In this podcast, Doctoral Candidate Sarah Lohmann and Senior Lecturer Dr. Jenny Terry from Durham University’s Department of English Studies discuss alternative time travel stories featured in Palace Green Library’s new exhibition Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there. Produced by Andrea Rangecroft. Book extracts read by Neil Armstrong, Sarah Boulter, Paul Dunn, and Samantha Morris. Photography by Colin Davison and Sarah Lohmann.

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