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).
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
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.
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