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How Victorians Fell in Love with American Rebels

By Stephen Basdeo The much vaunted ‘special relationship’ between the USA and the UK is a fairly recent invention. For much of the Victorian period, relations between the two nations were anything but cordial—and why should they be otherwise?...

Heritage Open Days 2016

Thursday 8-Sunday 11 September are once again the annual Heritage Open Days when historic venues open their doors to the public, free of charge. Sometimes they put on special events in spaces that open regularly, but the real pleasure of the weekend is...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 8 Sep 2016

On the trail of Mary Hornby

This week has been a busy week for family history research and we’ve welcomed people from around the world trying to learn more about their Stratford ancestors.  We were particularly excited to welcome Craig Hall and his son Aidan to the Reading...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 2 Oct 2015

The Battle of Waterloo: a Shakespeare connection

William Sadler’s painting of the Battle of Waterloo 2015 is a good year for centenaries. 800 years on, Magna Carta is probably the most important of these, and towards the end of October we’ll be celebrating 600 years since the great victory...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 23 Sep 2015

May Day festivities in the Georgian Era

Traditionally, on May Day, people danced around a maypole erected for the purpose, and although this custom was becoming less popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, it was still adhered to by some.   Johann Peter Neeff (1753-1796)  (Derby...
From: All Things Georgian on 30 Apr 2015

“The best bit of Shakespeareana ever penned” Washington Irving and Stratford

3rd April 1783 was the birthday of the great American writer Washington Irving,  one of the first tourists to Stratford-upon-Avon to describe his visit in detail. While living in England he made several visits to the town to see the sites associated...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 3 Apr 2015

Washington Irving’s Columbus and the Flat Earth

Washington Irving’s Columbus and the Flat Earth For generations now American school children have learned that Christopher Columbus proved the earth was round. They have learned that the Church tried to prevent Columbus from sailing west to Asia, fearing...
From: Darin Hayton on 2 Dec 2014

Book Review: Maura D’Amore, Suburban Plots: Men at Home in Nineteenth-Century American Print Culture

D’Amore, Maura. Suburban Plots: Men at Home in Nineteenth-Century American Print Culture. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014. The world was a strange and startling place for Rip Van Winkle when he awoke from a twenty-year nap in New York’s...
From: The Junto on 26 Aug 2014

The Legends of Sleepy Hollow

Seth Perry looks at a new TV show with an early American connection, Fox's "Sleepy Hollow."
From: The Junto on 31 Oct 2013

Tales from the Reading Room – Episode 39

An illustration of the river Avon from Captain Saunders’ copy of Washington Irving’s Sketchbook. 1828. We are busily preparing for Heritage Open Days in the Reading Room at the moment and from Thursday 12th September until Sunday 15th September...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 7 Sep 2013

“Anonymous and Cacophonous Pleasures”

In "The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture," Jared Gardner hopes to rescue a literary form and civic model from the dustbin of literary history.
From: The Junto on 22 Dec 2012