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Archival secrets

We never know what we might find in the Hurd Library. Last week I was sorting a pile of bills sent...
From: The Hurd Library on 15 Sep 2016


Bishop Hurd did not live to see the final defeat of Napoleon, 200 years ago today, but he was well...
From: The Hurd Library on 18 Jun 2015

Only a secretary?

Bishop Hurd was not always as appreciative of his devoted nephew, young Richard, as perhaps he...
From: The Hurd Library on 9 Jan 2015

Who was James Ross?

The fine Worcester artist and engraver, James Ross, has been mentioned in several blogs but we...
From: The Hurd Library on 6 Mar 2014

Who wrote this?

In August 1772 Richard Hurd received a very long anonymous letter at his rectory at...
From: The Hurd Library on 28 Feb 2014

Scandalous misbehaviour below stairs

Some of Bishop Hurd’s domestic problems, when he was Bishop of Lichfield, were reported in our...
From: The Hurd Library on 5 Feb 2014

The Mysterious Evans-alias-Tylers

I’ve written before about the documents left by Bishop Hurd’s nephew — another Richard Hurd, whom I prefer to call Dickie — from his research into Bishop Hurd’s family history. Dickie had particular success with the paternal...
From: The Hurd Library on 24 Oct 2013

Who Do You Think You Are, Bishop Richard Hurd?

The Hurd Library has a very nice collection of books, but it also holds a variety of papers connected with Bishop Richard Hurd and his nephew, another Richard Hurd — whom we generally call Richard Hurd Junior, but because that’s a bit of a...
From: The Hurd Library on 10 Oct 2013

Humans and Books

Part of the reason the Hurd Library is such an interesting place is that it has a lot to tell us about people’s relationships with books. The room was built especially to house Bishop Hurd’s collection, and you can tell from the design that...
From: The Hurd Library on 10 Sep 2013

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