Can you solve Lucy's secret?

20 October 2015

Amateur sleuths can take part in a digital Victorian mystery next month as part of the Being Human festival, the UK's only national festival of the humanities.

The story begins in 1862 when Lucy disappears after buying a ticket at the newly opened Victoria Station. In 1922 she mysteriously appears in Margate. But this time travelling anomaly has no idea where she has been for the last sixty years. Attendees at the event will be provided with clue cards to help them choose their own journey and solve the mystery. But you need to be careful as danger is everywhere, from that charming man on the platform to the motherly woman who offers unaccompanied young women respectable lodgings for the night.

Can you solve Lucy's secret?


Professor Carolyn Oulton, from the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers at Canterbury Christ Church University, explained: “This fully interactive digital adventure tracks Lucy down the line as she travels through time and space from Victoria station to the developing seaside resorts of East Kent.

“It was inspired by Mary Braddon’s 1862 novel, Lady Audley’s Secret, in which Lucy Audley travels across England adapting and changing her identity in order to survive. Our Lucy disappears after buying a ticket at the newly opened Victoria Station, eventually ending up in Margate as T. S. Eliot is writing his poem, The Waste Land, in 1922.

“Victorian writers were responding to a changing world, and the women who took to writing in the 1860s were often very bold and brave in their style. This event is a fun and innovative way to explore the writers from that era. We are delighted to be part of Being Human, which promises to be exciting, entertaining and thought-provoking, with something for everyone.”

The event was selected to be part of Being Human by the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy (BA) with support from the Wellcome Trust.

As part of an 11 day national programme of big ideas, big debates and engaging activities for all ages, the event aims to champion the excellence of humanities research being undertaken, help to demonstrate the vitality and relevance of this today and showcase how the humanities help us understand ourselves, our relationships with others and the challenges we face in a changing world.

'Lucy's Secret: digital neo-Victorian train adventure', and will take place on 20 November at City of Westminster Archives Centre. The event also includes a talk by Judith Flanders, author of The Victorian House, The Victorian City and The Invention of Murder, and a workshop on exploring archives by historian Dr Martin Watts.

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Notes to Editor

Being Human: a festival of the humanities 12-22 November 2015

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the Wellcome Trust, Being Human is a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The festival will highlight the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world, and foster world-class knowledge that is vibrant, vital, and accessible to all. For more information, please visit or follow the festival on Twitter at @BeingHumanFest.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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