Who can submit a piece to visit1862?

visit1862 is edited and run by Helen Cresswell and Ruth Mason.  We welcome pieces upon objects or experience from anyone with an interest in design and material culture, especially those coming from a different perspective.  We ask that all articles be scholarly in approach and adhere to our submission guidelines.

What kind of submissions are we looking for?

Two of our three columns welcome submissions, ‘The Objects’ and ‘The Experience’ (please read the column introductions for more information).  Any article submitted for publication will be considered, with notice paid to the quality and relevance of the article to the proposed column.

Submissions should be between 500 – 2000 words in length; pieces should relate to the 1862 International Exhibition or more broadly, the experience of exhibitions in the nineteenth-century.

Submissions may consist of original research, academic articles, object analyses, photo essays, reviews – the editors are open to creative content and innovative presentation.  If your piece has been previously published, please provide us with details.

How to submit a piece to visit1862

There is no deadline for submissions – pieces can be sent to us at any time throughout the year.  Please email your submission to

Please send us your name, the title of your piece, your position (i.e. student, curator, maker, etc.) and for which column your piece is intended.  If you are unsure about which column best suits your piece please state this in your email and we will discuss it with you.  Submissions should be attached to your email in a Word file (.doc or .docx), while all images and other media files should be sent as clearly labelled separate attachments as .jpgs.


We ask that you provide an abstract for your work (50 words max.) – this will appear as a preview upon the site’s pages and provide a concise summary of your piece.  This should cover the subject matter of your piece and the approach you have taken to the material.

The Editorial Process

Once we have received your submission we will review your piece, and may offer suggestions for corrections or alterations.  We cannot guarantee publication, but we will endeavour to work collaboratively with potential contributors.  If we agree that your piece is relevant to our project and provides a valuable addition to the site we will be pleased to accept it and publish your piece in due course.  We will ask you to provide a short biography (75-100 words) and a note of any external hyperlinks, which we will include in your piece.  We will also choose a set of relevant keywords/tags for your piece.

Formatting and Footnotes

We would like submissions to ‘The Objects’ column to provide a short list of ‘Recommended Reading’ at the end of their piece; this would consist of 3-5 titles that would broaden the context of the piece and help develop the reader’s engagement with their work.

If any references to quotations, authors or other pieces of work have been made in your piece, then they must be properly footnoted.  All information gained from specific sources should also be referenced.  Please do not place any explanations or additional discussions in your footnotes.

Footnotes should be identified in the text by a number, beginning with 1. and running consecutively.  They should be placed at the end of a sentence.

We like footnotes to observe the following formats:

For Books: Author, Title, Editor/Translator, etc., Series, Edition, Number of Volumes, Details of publication, Volume number, Page number [not all books will have all this information].  For example:

Tom McArthur, Worlds of Reference: Lexicography, Learning and Language from the Clay Tablet to the Computer, 3 vols (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), I, p.59.

For Web-based Sources: Author’s name, ‘Title of item’, Title of complete work/reference, Publication details, Full address, Date at which resource was consulted, Location of passage cited.  For example:

Steve Sohmer, ‘The Lunar Calendar of Shakespeare’s King Lear’, Early Modern Literary Studies, 5.2 (1999) [accessed 28 January 2000] (para. 3 of 17). 64

For Material Objects: when citing an entire collection, make sure that its official name has been obtained from its holding institution. For individual objects, give the name of the collection and the accession number.  For example:

Nineteenth Century Commemorative Medals, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum. British Museum CM, PI 8219.

Article Copyright

All posts will have a statement at the bottom naming the author as the copyright holder; however, please be aware that we cannot be held responsible for other people using your work once it has been placed within the public domain.

When quoting the work of others in your piece, please remember that you can only quote a text extract of 400 words maximum – in total, you can only quote 800 words maximum across the whole piece.  Only four lines of poetry may be reproduced.  To quote more than this amount, the copyright holder must grant permission.  In the UK, copyright lasts for 70 years after the author’s decease.

Image, Audio and Video Files

Images should be relevant to the text of the article.  Images are not compulsory, but preferred – we ask for a minimum of one to be provided to represent the article upon the homepage.

Media: Copyright and Captions

We strongly advise you, where possible, to use your own images.  For any other images you will need to obtain permission to use it from the copyright holder.  Like written copyright, exclusive legal rights last until 70 years after the death of the photographer.  Also be aware that some images may be registered trademarks.  All image captions should state clearly who the copyright holder is.  If you have any concerns or queries about image copyright then please contact us at:

We like image captions to observe the following formats:

For a work of art: Author, ‘Title’, date, Media (if known), dimensions (if known).  Museum Collection, Museum Number (if known) © Copyright Holder, date

For an object without a specific designer/maker: Type of Object, Place of Production (if known), date.  Museum Collection, Museum Number (if known) © Copyright Holder, date

For a photograph you have taken yourself: Title or Description of what the image depicts © Photographer’s Name, date

For audio files: Author, Composer, Artist or Speakers; ‘Title Description’, date, Distributor, Duration

For video files: Author or Director, ‘Title’, date, Distributor, Duration

If you are unsure about your captioning, please provide us with as much information as possible.

Media: Formatting

Our site is intentionally image-dependent, so we ask that images provided are of good quality; both aesthetically and in terms of being of the required specifications.  Please submit to us a good quality file and we can format it on your behalf; ideally, if you are able to do so, please format your files to the specifications below.

Images should be .jpg files, 72dpi and no more than 1MB in size.  Landscape images should measure 599px wide.  Portrait images should measure 400px wide.  Square images should measure 450px wide.

Audio files will be hosted for you using the visit1862 Sound Cloud account ( and can be submitted in any format to us.

Video files will be hosted for you using the visit1862 YouTube account ( and can be submitted in any format to us.

Media: Filenames

Image, audio and video files should be titled: Artist, Photographer or Director – Title or Description (Museum, Museum Number).  For example:

For an image of a museum object: Charles Ferdinand Hurten – Vase (V&A, 8022-1862).jpg

For an image taken by yourself: John Smith – Hyde Park.jpg

More Information

We are keen to exchange and share all kinds of knowledge about the 1862 International Exhibition and the exhibition culture of the nineteenth-century.

If you are unsure about formatting your text or images, send your pieces to us regardless – we are happy to help.  If you need any further assistance regarding the submission process and its guidelines, or if you wish to discuss your article idea beforehand, please email: