Lines of Sight: W G Sebald's East Anglia


10 May 2019 - 5 January 2020


Free with admission price



Disabled visitors / Blue Badge parking / Parking / Dogs / Multi-sensory / Virtual tours / Audio enscribed / Braille / Staff on hand 

Opening times:

Mon  Sat: 10am – 4.30pm 
Sun: 1 – 4.30pm 

An exhibition celebrating the work of the author W G Sebald on the 75th anniversary of his birth; in collaboration with The University of East Anglia

This unprecedented exhibition brings together a diverse selection of celebrated artworks, curious objects, archive material and the author’s own, unseen photographs to tell the story behind the creation of one of East Anglia’s most famous literary masterpieces, The Rings of Saturn (1995).

From the mystery of Sir Thomas Browne’s skull to the secret landscapes of the Cold War, from the ghostly vessels of the vanished Herring fleets to intricate pattern books of Norwich silk weavers, this exhibition gathers the threads of Sebald’s enigmatic text to present a uniquely poetic visual portrait of East Anglia that will appeal to both those familiar and new to his work.

Exhibition Talks, 2.30 – 3.30pm, unless otherwise stated:

Introduction to 'Lines of Sight: W G Sebald’s East Anglia' (talk and tour)
Tuesday 14 May
Dr Nick Warr, Exhibition Curator

Changing Perspectives on W G Sebald
Tuesday 4 June

Dr Uwe Schütte, Aston University (Birmingham)

Strips, Spots & Stripes – An introduction to Textile Pattern Books
Thursday 27 June

Ruth Battersby Tooke and Cathy Terry, Norfolk Museums Service

W G Sebald: In His Own Words
Tuesday 9 July
Gordon Turner, University of East Anglia

W G Sebald & Photography
Tuesday 30 July
Michael Brandon-Jones in conversation with Professor Clive Scott (University of East Anglia)

Echoes & Imprints: Towards a Sebaldian Cinema
Tuesday 27 August (ends 4pm)
Film presentation by Dr Adam Scovell, Goldsmiths, University of London

Thomas Browne’s Retreat to Earth
Tuesday 10 September
Professor Claire Preston, Queen Mary University (London)

'The Burning of the Royal James at the Battle of Solebay' by Willem van de Velde the Younger
Tuesday 24 September
Dr Sarah Monks, University of East Anglia