The Rylands Lunchtime Seminar Series: Reading and Making in the Mary Hamilton Papers
|28 April 2022
|12:00 - 13:00
|What is it:
|John Rylands Research Institute and Library
|Who is it for:
|Adults, General public
Join this lunchtime talk to explore the personal papers of Mary Hamilton (1756-1816). Cassie Ulph will be joined by Anne Anderton (Curator of Western Manuscripts at the Rylands) to discuss what Hamilton’s diary reveals about her stay at Bulstrode Park, the home of Dowager Duchess of Portland.
In her diary for this period (HAM/2/3), accounts of Hamilton’s reading and writing practices take place against a background of other kinds of feminine making such as carpet-making, covering screens, and needlework, as well as artistic pursuits. Furthermore, Hamilton’s journal from this period shows that in this sociable reading culture, written manuscripts are part of larger, curated collections of objects that link to the past and past events, rendering them part of the material cultures of collection in the mid to late eighteenth century, of which the Duchess was a leading proponent. These practices convey a shared sense of curatorship that could be cultivated through engagement with texts across generations, as part of a broader landscape of women’s creative work.
This is an online event that will take place via Zoom. Book your free place here:
This event is part of a live, online lunchtime seminar series. University of Manchester researchers team up with experts from the Rylands to share current research activities. The seminars will showcase rare and fascinating objects from the special collections, along with discoveries and new perspectives formed through their study. Attendees will be invited to participate with questions and thoughts during the live Q&A.
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