Elizabeth Merry has worked for the WEA, Universities of Bristol and Southampton Departments of Adult Continuing Education; Dillington House Summer School, Royal Society of Arts, Jane Austen Society, Thomas Hardy Society, Finzi Society, Dorset County Museum, The Arts Society (formerly known as NADFAS), The Art Fund and various Literary, Historical and Philosophical Societies.
She has been a co-lecturer on European study tours to Rome (Renaissance and Classical); Aachen and Cologne (History, Art and Music) and Brittany and the Dordogne (Palaeolithic and Neolithic culture and art). She has also lectured on study weekends in the UK on Jane Austen (based in Bath and Winchester); the Brontës (based in and around Haworth), Thomas Hardy (based in Dorchester) and Shakespeare (based in Stratford-upon-Avon), as well as being the guest lecturer on a recent literary tour of the West Country. Elizabeth has toured Australia and New Zealand as a lecturer, and returned to Australia for further lecture tours in both 2014 and 2015. She has also lectured in France, Germany, Spain and Belgium, and will lecture in Malta in early 2018.
I love public speaking and vocal performance, and outside of my paid work I am a regular reader at productions organised by the Thomas Hardy Society and other local events such as concerts, church services and any other occasions where a reader or a speaker is required
Other things I really enjoy include walking in the countryside, travelling, cooking, good food and wine and spending time with family and friends, as well as concert, opera and theatre going and visiting art galleries and museums. I’m mad about the arts and can say without exaggeration that they enrich and influence every day of my life in all sorts of ways.