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A very fashionable Pepys Show: 1660s Glam Frock

We’re getting very excited as the objects start being installed in our newest exhibition Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution. Alongside beautiful paintings and amazing objects there’s some stunning 17th century clothing. We talk to the Fashion Museum Bath about preparing one particularly striking dress. Hello, I’m Rosemary from the Fashion Museum…

The English Channel – what’s in a name?

Guest blog by one of our research interns, Caroline Marris, a doctoral student at Columbia University in New York. When exactly did the English Channel start to be called the English Channel? It’s a question with a more complicated answer than you might think. In the early modern period, English,…

A Lens in a Lighthouse

Guest blog by one of our research interns, Stephen Courtney, University of Cambridge On 5 March 1861 the Royal Commission, appointed to enquire into the ‘number, quality and position’ of the nation’s ‘lighthouses, floating lights, buoys, and beacons,’ presented their findings in an extensive parliamentary report. The investigation had occupied…

Models of Remembrance

Now we’re in the centenary of the First World War, and with the recent anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, it emphasised how much of a role physical objects play in constructing our interpretation of events now lost to living memory. Not just in an historical factual sense, but in…

Women’s History Month – Emma Hamilton and the power of a stereotype

Lady Hamilton’s historical significance is foregrounded on the occasion of Women’s History Month. Emma Hamilton was born into poverty in 1765 at Ness in Cheshire. Her given name was Amy Lyon, daughter of Henry Lyon a blacksmith who died when she was an infant. From such beginnings, one of the…