Amy Prendergast is a committee member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society and an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. Amy’s research interests include literary history and associational life, and she is currently working on her first monograph which will look at literary salons in France, Britain and Ireland. Continue reading Member Profiles: Amy Prendergast
Culture Night 2014 will take place on Friday, 19 September from 5pm-11pm.
There’s always so much to do on Culture Night its hard to get to everything. The solution is Culture Night Tours – let someone else guide you around the city! You can download the full programme here. Some tours are Continue reading Culture Night in Dublin 2014
It was the Mary Wollstonecraft’s birthday during the week and to celebrate it the History Vault (@historyvault) shared this podcast on twitter by Dr Jenny McAuley looking at the text of Vindication of the Rights of Women.
I was in Philadelphia over the summer and I noticed that there are many monuments to Benjamin Franklin in the city. One in particular, located opposite the Masonic Temple at 1 North Broad Street, caught my attention. It was designed by Joseph Brown and, as you can see below, shows Franklin Continue reading Benjamin Franklin, The Printer
‘Romantic Circles’, a refereed scholarly website, has recently published a digital edition of Ann Flaxman, An Uninteresting Detail of a Journey to Rome,available here. It tells the story of a female Grand Tour which commenced in 1787.
The artist Gabriel Beranger was born in Amsterdam in c. 1729. He lived in Ireland from 1750 and remained in the country until his death in 1817. He is noted for his antiquarian sketches and watercolours, and for gathering information on the Yola language, a variety of English once spoken in Continue reading Beranger Watercolours
Robert Mahony has been a member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society (intermittently) since 1986. He was Professor of English at the Catholic University of America and is now retired. His research focus is Jonathan Swift.
Favourite archive: Mainly archives in Dublin or London, sometimes the Library of Congress and the Folger Library, Washington.
Recently, I came across a broadside ballad entitled, What call have you Ned, published in 1805. The image below is from a copy of the broadside held at the The British Museum. As you can see, this copy features a hand-coloured etching.
Time for another round-up of all of the useful resources, databases, blogs, heritage sites, libraries, archives and websites that have been mentioned on the blog over the last eight weeks. New additions to the list are in bold. Once again, many thanks to everyone who contributed to this list in the Continue reading Resources Round-up June/July 2014
On Sunday, 6 July 1690 (o.s.), a thanksgiving was held in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin to celebrate William III’s victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne (which took place on 1 July 1690 (o.s.) or 12 July 1690 (n.s.), depending on what calendar you prefer).
This etching by Richard Newton from 1794 shows the ‘Progress of an Irishman’ through his life in fifteen figures. The first figure shows the Irishman on the way to school (eating a potato for breakfast) and the rest of the pictures tell the story of other major events in his life, such Continue reading The Progress of an Irishman
This is a picture of William Penn at the age of 22. Penn is well known as an early Quaker and founder of the colony of Pennsylvania, which is named after his father, Sir Admiral William Penn (1621-1670).
A few weeks ago, I went on the Women’s History tour of Glasnevin Cemetery. As expected, much of the focus was on early twentieth century Irish politics, but there was one grave of eighteenth-century interest that caught my attention.
Last weekend I attended the 2014 ECIS Annual Conference in Armagh. As you will see, I managed to take a few slightly blurry pictures on my phone, but thankfully Armagh Public Library got a professional in to take this wonderful group photo (click on it for a closer look).
The blog has been up and running for just over a month now so I thought I’d gather together all of the useful resources, databases, blogs, heritage sites, libraries, archives and websites that have been mentioned so far. The list is pretty impressive already and we’ll keep building on it in Continue reading Resources Round-up May 2014
Joe Lines is a PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast. His research looks at Irish fiction from 1660-1790. Joe is a member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society and will be speaking at the 2014 Annual Conference in Armagh.
Moyra Haslett has been busy organising the 2014 Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Annual Conference which will take place on 6-8 June 2014 – that’s only two weeks away! It’s going to be a great weekend and here are just a few of the highlights to tempt you to join us all in Continue reading Ten Reasons to go to the 2014 ECIS Annual Conference
Heather McKendry is a PhD candidate at McMaster University. Her research interests include Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, prostitute narratives, representations of epidemics and venereal disease, economic history and crime writing. Heather is a new member of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society and will be speaking at the 2014 Annual Conference in Armagh. Continue reading Member Profiles: Heather McKendry