Cupid and Psyche

February 2019, Valentine’s Cupid and Psyche

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 12:00 – 14:00

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

Cost: Free. Drop-in event.

Join us for a Valentine’s journey into the love story of Cupid and Psyche. We promise not to break your heart.

The story of Cupid and Psyche forms the centrepiece of the second-century Latin novel Metamorphoses, or “The Golden Ass”.

Join the beautiful princess Psyche through trials and tribulations involving jealous sisters, a husband of mysterious identity, and an epic-style journey to the Underworld. Will the princess unite with her true love? Explore illustrated versions of Apuleius’ epic love story from Special Collections to find out…

From Boccaccio’s Christian allegorical interpretation to sensuous Art Deco illustrations and William Morris’ beautiful woodcuts, samples of this well-known tale will be on display to read and explore.

Material in this month’s Tuesday Treasure has been selected by Dr Regine May, University of Leeds.


If you can’t make it in person several of these works have been photographed and are available through an online database. For more information and a link to the database see the Cupid and Psyche Project’s online resource page.

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Light Night

We are presenting Cupid and Psyche as an interactive experience for the general public on Friday 7th October for Light Night, thanks to funding received from the University of Leeds for Public Engagement. For further details, please see our Light Night page, which will be updated as the project develops.

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Online Resource Available

The Online Resource being created by the project is now available in a core form, but will be expanded to cover more items, many of which were discussed at the conference. For more information see the Online Resource page.

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Virtual Delegate Access Open

With apologies for the delay, here are the online resources (streamed audio and pdfs). If you think you should have received Virtual Delegate access and have not please email Eleanor (

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Abstract booklets available

Abstract booklets by Speaker Surname and by Panel now available on the Programme and Abstracts page.

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Final programme posted – room change only

Papers remain in the same positions but rooms have been changed, panel rooms are now all on the ground floor.

Download the Programme 21/06/2016 (312kB pdf), includes chairs.

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Late booking fee now applies to physical delegates

£25 per physical booking. Virtual delegate bookings do not attract the late fee. Booking closes 29th June for physical delegate places, but Virtual delegates can book until 12th July.

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Online booking now open!

To book online by credit or debit card please follow the link on the Booking page, which has details of the packages available. Booking is open until 29th June 2016 but a late booking fee will be applicable after 20th June 2016.

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Programme evening timings finalised

Following a delightful meeting with the staff at Devonshire Hall we have now finalised the timings of the evening drinks receptions and and dinners, as well as the timing of breakfast for Residential Delegates.

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Booking deadlines and cancellation terms added

Also a paper booking form for those only able to pay by cheque. Online booking will open next week.

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