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Samuel Pepys: Beauty Spots and Patches

During the seventeenth century it became fashionable to wear artificial beauty spots. With famous diarist Samuel Pepys as her guide, Dr Karen Hearn tells us more.  In his diary, Samuel Pepys expressed various views on the 17th-century fashion for women to wear facial patches or ‘beauty spots’. Sometimes he approved…

Country dancing Playford-style

Ahead of our Pepys Show Late, we speak to Laura Connolly from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). She talks about the history of English Country Dancing and gives us a taste of what we can expect at our Late event.  Playford dancing in the past The first known…

A rare survivor of the Great Plague

In the month leading up to the opening of Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution we’re looking at the Great Plague that killed nearly a quarter of London’s population. In today’s guest blog from the Wellcome Collection, Dr Elma Brenner looks at one rare survivor of the plague that ravaged the capital….

‘God preserve us all!’: Samuel Pepys and the Great Plague

The Great Plague was one of the worst disasters in London’s history. Samuel Pepys’s diaries provide a fascinating insight into how Londoner’s dealt with this tragedy.  In the summer of 1665 Londoners were dying from a horrible and familiar disease. Although it was a regular visitor to the city, bubonic plague…

Halloween: Samuel Pepys’s Ghost Stories

On Halloween, Dr Kate Loveman shares some ghost stories from the famous 17th Century diarist, Samuel Pepys. One of the uses that Samuel Pepys found for his diary was to store entertaining anecdotes. Pepys and his friends regularly swopped stories over dinner. Recording these tales helped Pepys to remember them…