Things to See in London: Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

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The Georgians Revealed exhibit currently running at the British Library until March.

Georgian Christmas: An Eighteenth Century Celebration

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During the Georgian period (1714-1820), it was often incorrectly assumed that Christmas wasn’t celebrated with as much gusto as during the Victorian era. Although traditions, foods and celebrations differed, Christmas was actively commemorated during this period.

Sutton House: A Tudor brick home through the centuries

My visit to Sutton House, a Tudor brick home in East London, in Hackney.

Apsley House – Home of the Duke of Wellington

My first solo stop – The Duke of Wellington’s house in London, England. A national treaure.

The Development of the English Board Game, 1770 – 1850

It is known from surviving records, paintings and artifacts that games of the period (and today) are played in a similar way to those of ancient civilisations in the near and far east. There are only a few basic methods of playing games and over the past 250 years many thousands of variations have been created. The basic methods of play come down to four types – race games, strategy games, table games and card games.

Space, place, and popular politics in northern England, 1789-1848

These studies underline the crucial role of space and place in this volatile and revolutionary period. They argue that space is socially constructed, which in itself helps to shape behaviour of those who inhabit or imagine the space.

The Glasgow Royal Infirmary: Aspects of Illness and Health Care in the Victorian City

Since the opening of the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow’s growth had been dramatic. In 1791 the population of the city and its suburbs numbered 66,000; a century later it had swollen to three quarters of a million. During this time the Royal endeavoured to treat diseases and mend bodies of a mushrooming populace: in-house medical and surgical wards were extended; vaccination services commenced in 1857.

George and Maria: A Reinterpretation of King George IV and the Queen Caroline Affair

However, the majority of recent non-biographical scholarship relating to the reign of George IV focuses primarily on the Queen Caroline Affair, which painted an unflattering picture of George as a weak, corrupt, immoral cuckold. Thus, it is only through this narrow focus that George has been judged as a husband and man. Somewhere between the lovelorn and the heartless depictions lies reality. During my quest to reconcile these two vastly different perceptions, I discovered that, despite negative modern portrayals ofthe Queen Caroline Affair by feminist scholars, my initial romantic conception of George was not false.

Secret Weapons of the Napoleonic Wars

Toward the end of the Napoleonic War a British naval architect designed a fighting ship with a rounded instead of a square stern.

Literary servants' vanishing act in the eighteenth century

Where are the servants in Jane Austen’s novels? What causes servants to vanish from the literary landscape between the publication of Samuel Richardson’s Pamela (1740), or Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews (1741) and Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1811).

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