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Imagining History: A Review of The Hall of Fame Exhibition at Gainsborough Old Hall

30 September 2018

Time is out of joint at Gainsborough Old Hall, just as it is at antiquated piles across the land. It is a strange kind of tourism, when you think about it.  At most of these...

MY WEEK IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY: A [B]LOG IN FIVE PARTS: BILL OF FARE

15 August 2018

Thanks to the Printing Historical Society, I was able to spend a week in the British Library researching Sheffield’s Hartshead Press at the end of the eighteenth century. Since...

MY WEEK IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY: A RESEARCH [B]LOG IN FIVE PARTS (PART, THE FIFTH)

15 August 2018

Dr Adam J Smith Friday 10th August Things To Do When The Library is Closed   The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that it is not the evening of Friday 10th August, which...

MY WEEK IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY: A RESEARCH [B]LOG IN FIVE PARTS (PART, THE FOURTH)

10 August 2018

Dr Adam J Smith Thursday 9th August My Findings Thus Far Today was my third in the British Library, and it transpires that three days is long enough for the familiarity of a new routine...