Journal•Lists is a free subscription service that emails you historical novels, periodicals and diaries in short e-installments.
It has been designed to recapture the process of reading in installments that was a key part of the reading experience in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It also offers a new way of reading diaries and letters that encourages a closer connection with their authors’ daily lives.
The first Journal•Lists goes live on 14 August with James Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. If you sign up, you will receive each entry of Boswell’s diary on the anniversary of the day it was written.
Upcoming Journal•Lists will include The Spectator and Lord Byron’s Ravenna.
We’ve written quite a few posts with links to online resources for printed material, maps, and images at this stage but I don’t think we’ve written a post focussing on audio and visual podcasts yet, so here’s a list of a few podcast series that you might find useful…
The National Library of Ireland is working to make many of its resources available online. There is an impressive range of material already available through their online catalogue. I was browsing through some images recently and came across this print of Francis Higgins (1745?-1802).
Here at ECIS blog we are big twitter fans. The social media network is increasingly being used to promote projects, expand engagement and create impact. I wanted to share some of the historians (or twitterstorian) and projects, and institutions that I feel are good tweeters. If you have any accounts you Continue reading History on twitter
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
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
Kit Cavanagh, or Christian Davies, must have been one of the most interesting Irish women of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Born in 1667 in Dublin into a brewing family, she seems to have led a wild youth. She was pregnant with her third child when her husband was press ganged into the British Continue reading Resources: Kit Cavanagh
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
I have just finished reading Barbara Freese’s Coal: A Human History (Penguin Books, 2004). One of the issues which she discusses in relation to the importance, and price of coal, are fuel famines- bouts when fuel is unobtainable due to transport problems or price increases. Fuel famines were a very real problem in eighteenth Continue reading Fuel Famine in eighteenth-century Ireland
I was reading Padhraig Higgins’ A Nation of Politicians: Gender Patriotism, and Political Culture in late Eighteenth-Century Ireland at the weekend. In his chapter on ‘Alehouse Politicians: the Culture of Print and the Political Nation’ Higgins discusses news proliferation and the common sight of hawkers on the streets of eighteenth century Continue reading Dublin in sketch and song
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.
I have always been drawn to Dr Steeven’s Hospital. I am not sure if its that I pass it so often coming out of Heuston Station, or that the lovely architecture and yellow exterior always draws my attention, or perhaps it’s that I often associate the building with the story of Dr Continue reading Dr Steeven’s Hospital: A History
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
I am trying to put together an eighteenth-century Ireland blog roll- a list of good blogs and sites that regularly post on eighteenth century/eighteenth century Irish topics. I am soliciting help from all/any blog readers. Here’s what I’ve got so far: