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Speaking Texts: Uncovering the 18th-Century Stories hiding in Plain Sight 

21 July 2023

21 June 2023, Kingston University School of Art  Notes by Adam J Smith  Read more about the event here. Opening  Karen Lipsedge (Kingston University) opens the symposium: ...

Read Daniel Defoe’s Relatable Frustration at Fellow Citizens Failing to Observe ‘Social Distancing’ in ‘A Journal of a Plague Year’ (1722)

3 May 2020

As the Covid-19 continues to hold the world in Lockdown much attention has turned to Daniel Defoe’s 1722 text, A Journal of Plague Year. Masquerading as a ‘real’...

Brexit, Corbyn, Anything but History: The Way People Talk About Poldark

7 June 2019

“I fought for our liberty. For our hopes. For our dreams. And I’ll keep on fighting. Whatever the cost.” These words were first broadcast in 2016. They were spoken...

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...