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Gun Cleaning. A personal Point Of View.

This post has been prompted by several posts on forums concerning the problems people are having with gun cleaning. Principally the cleaning of the barrel.All of the problems I have read about to date, to my thinking, seems to come from the use of modern...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 8 Dec 2018

Making Soap.

1760-70 Nicolo Cavalli (Italian artist, 1730-1832) La Lavandaja. Receipt for Soapmaking. “SOAP is distinguished into such as are hard, which those of India Venice Marseilles Costile Naples and London are, and soft soap such as are thecommon soap...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 5 Mar 2017


The ramrod seems to be the most forgotten part of an 18th century gun when it comes to looking for information. One would think that such an important tool would receive more attention. I have noted over the years that all ramrods, original antique &...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 12 Oct 2016

More On Tow Rag & Tow Cloth.

Tow rag was simply worn material from tow cloth. When old clothing or other materials made from tow became worn & needed replacing, this worn cloth became rags for household cleaning work. When this tow rag was of no further use for cleaning, it was...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 11 Sep 2016

The Cleaning Of A Muzzle-Loading Gun-Documentation.

 "The Care and Cleaning of Firelocks in the 18th Century: A Discussion of Period Methods and Their Present Day Applications." George Edie, A Treatise on English Shooting (London 1772) (7-8) "When a person is master of a good Piece, the keeping it...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 5 Jun 2016

Takeover Day 2015!

On Friday 2oth November, we welcomed Year 6 children from Bridgetown Primary School to the Collections Department as part of Takeover Day.  This is a national initiative for young people to get involved in the work of arts and heritage organisations...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 27 Nov 2015

Housekeeping in the Austen Household

Jane Austen’s family was not rich, by any means, but the family was genteel and belonged to the English gentry. Rev. Austen earned a respectable living as a rector at Steventon rectory. His wife, Cassandra, was a close relative of Theophilus Leigh,...
From: Jane Austen's World on 9 Nov 2015

Primitive Skills and Methods. Uses For Urine.

Diderot 18th Century. Uses For Urine. 1.    Urine when it is fresh and free from infection, can be used to wash out wounds. 2.    Urine contains nitre. It can be used to soak plant tinders & it can be used instead...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 14 Oct 2015

Liest thou, or hast a Rewme? Getting the best from VARD and EEBO

This week, we’ve replaced the default VARD set-up with a version designed to optimise the tools for VARD. In essence, this includes a lengthier set of rules to guide the changing of letters, and lists of words and variants that
From: Linguistic DNA on 3 Aug 2015

Illustrating the tools: first insights on VARD & MorphAdorner

The Sheffield RAs are hard at work on our audit of Early English Books Online, figuring out how best to clean up the TCP data for Linguistic DNA’s research goals. In the last post, Seth documented our intention to try out...
From: Linguistic DNA on 24 Jul 2015

Life below stairs – the duties of a Georgian housemaid

‘Maid of all work’ – courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library  Many of our posts take a look at the upper echelons of Georgian society, so this time we thought it might be interesting to look at what it would have been like to have worked...
From: All Things Georgian on 21 May 2015

Gorges' Grouse: “Mud Veins” In Fish

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From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 18 Feb 2013

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.