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The Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769

Between the 6th and 8th of September 1769, the town of Stratford-upon-Avon held the first jubilee celebration commemorating the life of the great playwright, William Shakespeare. The event was organised by David Garrick, who was both an actor and the...
From: All Things Georgian on 7 Sep 2017

Many Worlds of Eighteenth-Century Britain: Apurba Chatterjee reports from the #EMForum

On 12 May 2016, the Early Modern Discussion Group welcomed two Sheffield-based eighteenth-century researchers with a shared interest in masculinities, Kate Gibson and Lauren Nixon. Session Chair Apurba Chatterjee (a first-year PhD student in History)...
From: SCEMS on 27 May 2016

And did those feet...

Hartlebury had a distinguished, though reluctant, visitor in 1774 - Dr Johnson.In company with the...
From: The Hurd Library on 22 Sep 2015

The Week in Early American History

Welcome to another The Week in Early American History! Take a break from the end-of-semester crunch to check out the unprecedented unification of the four surviving Magna Carta manuscripts or to a look at the tree root that ate Roger Williams. On to the...
From: The Junto on 26 Apr 2015

A plate called “Imitations at Drury-Lane Theatre”...

A plate called “Imitations at Drury-Lane Theatre” from a collection of etched plates by Thomas Rowlandson after Collings, which caricature James Boswell’s Journal of a Tour in the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson (London, 1785). An extract from the...

Scottifying the Palate, from the Picturesque Beauties of Boswell...

Scottifying the Palate, from the Picturesque Beauties of Boswell series (1786). McMaster University owns a beautiful album holding this collection of etched plates by TThomas Rowlandson after Collings, which caricature James Boswell’s Journal of a Tour...

Edward Stillingfleet, Narcissus Marsh and the first public library in Ireland

Bishops of Worcester have been collectors of books for over four centuries. Bishop Hurd was the only one to build a library at Hartlebury but if his predecessor, Bishop Stillingfleet ,had thought of doing so he would have been hard pressed to find the...
From: The Hurd Library on 25 Jun 2013

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