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What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “He makes and sells all Kinds of FELT HATS.” In the late 1760s and early 1770s the New-London Gazette carried fewer advertisements than most other newspapers printed...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Apr 2020

From the Labour Laws to Basic Income via the Black Death and COVID-19

Jane Whittle Unprecedented episodes of disease, such as the current outbreak of COVID-19, are moments of fluidity when parts of existing societies are laid bare as not fit for purpose. Wars create similar moments of flux. The Second World War created...
From: Forms of Labour on 25 Mar 2020

PhD studentship available! This blog explains more

What’s available? A three year PhD studentship is available to undertake research on ‘Work, poverty and coercion: pauper apprenticeship in England 1563-1700’. The grant covers PhD fees and a stipend of at least £15,009 per year...
From: Forms of Labour on 30 Jan 2020

April 17

GUEST CURATOR: Matthew Ringstaff What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Chronicle (April 17, 1769). “APPRENTICES, (Wanted for the PRINTING BUSINESS).” On April 17, 1769, John Mein and John Fleeming,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Apr 2019


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (March 22, 1768.)“MATTHIAS HUTCHINSON, CAHIR-MAKER, who served his time to Mr. HART.” Matthias Hutchinson published an advertisement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Mar 2018

The Iniquities of Apprenticeship

If anyone was ever in any doubt about the iniquities of the Apprenticeship scheme that followed the apparent abolition of slavery in the British colonies this little book lays out in graphic detail just how much more dreadful things became for those who...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 14 Feb 2018

September 28

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Gazette (September 28, 1767).“All kind of Hanging Paper, of the newest Patterns.” Prior to the Revolution, many Americans decorated their homes with wallpaper...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 Sep 2017

May 19

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 19, 1767).“He served his apprenticeship in London, of which city he is a freeman.” As a standard part of their advertisements,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 May 2017

Call for Papers: Apprenticeship, Work and Creation in Early Modern Europe

European Labour History Network Conference, Paris 2-4 November 2017 CFP: Apprenticeship, work and creation in early modern Europe  Coordinators: Anna Bellavitis (Université de Rouen Normandie-GRHIS / IUF), Valentina Sapienza (Université...

Call for applications: Postgraduate Workshop on Apprenticeship and Transmission of Knowledge

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS X Seminar of Ph.D. Studies on The sources for European Economic History (13th-18th centuries) APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRANSMISSIONS OF KNOWLEDGE Arezzo – Fraternita dei Laici 3-7 July 2017 
 The Universities of Lille (IRHiS...

October 25

GUEST CURATOR: Megan Watts What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (October 25, 1766).“Tin-Plate-Worker, Nearly opposite the Great Bridge, Providence.” This advertisement was for a very...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 25 Oct 2016

“Specially youthe”: Regulating London “Venues”

Social media has reacted with frustration and resentment at the news this week that one of London’s most famous nightclubs, Fabric, has had its licence revoked (#fabricreview). While I will avoid being overtly political, here, the closure of the...
From: Before Shakespeare on 8 Sep 2016

June 23

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Gazette (June 23, 1766).“Having served a regular Apprenticeship to the Business, he flatters himself he cannot fail of giving general Satisfaction.” “DALLAS, Silk...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Jun 2016


What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago this week? Virginia Gazette (June 20, 1766).“RUN away … an apprentice boy named RAINES TUCKER.” It was easy to spot the advertisements for runaway slaves in the Virginia Gazette....
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Jun 2016

June 13

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (June 13, 1766).“BOYS and GIRLS to be bound out in Town or Country … as Apprentices.” In today’s advertisement the Overseers of the Poor issued...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Jun 2016

This indenture witnesseth that [Hugh Forster otherwise Foyster] of his own free will …

An printed indenture form apprenticing a poor boy for a period of seven years, issued by the Mayor of the Town of Stamford, Lincolnshire and acting as trustee of an annuity paid from the estate of Thomas Earl of Exeter. Title: This indenture witnesseth...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 26 Sep 2014

‘He is gone from his service before his time’: Medical Apprenticeships in Early Modern Britain

One of the biggest frustrations in studying Welsh medical history is the lack of institutions. In the early modern period Wales was unique amongst the individual nations of the British Isles in having no universities and no medical training facilities....
From: DrAlun on 9 Jul 2014

The Preserved Puppy Proposal

Edmund Curll, a bookseller’s apprentice, wrote to Sloane in 1703 with news of “A Wonderfull production in Nature”: an unusual puppy. Recently, a Scottish gentleman’s dog had Whelp’d two Puppies one of them was whelp’d dead and the other that...
From: The Sloane Letters Blog on 22 Jan 2014

Joseph Stone Williams

  Emancipation celebrations in Spanish Town 1838   I wrote last time about the Legacies of British Slave-ownership website, and quite by chance I have now found a Will which illustrates that period of history between the passing of the abolition...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 30 Mar 2013

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