All posts filed under: Archives & Libraries

Virginia Woolf

From gloom to bloom: Virginia Woolf in Gordon Square

On 9–10 June, for London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend, the University of London held a series of tours and talks on ‘Leading Women’ associated with Gordon Square and its gardens. These included Dr Elizabeth Dearnley’s introduction to the code-breaker and garden historian Mavis Batey and – here – Dr Philip Carter on Virginia Woolf and […]

Miranda Kaufmann's Tudor

Out of Africa: stories of pioneering black Tudor women

Dr Miranda Kaufmann, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, provides a glimpse into the lives of some of the pioneering women she came across while researching the overlooked stories of Africans in Tudor Britain. The resulting publication, Black Tudors: The Untold Story, was shortlisted for the 2018 Wolfson History Prize, which […]

Shakespeare scintillation: Senate House Library’s first folios

Image: Spine of the Sterling first folio What, one might wonder, remains to be said about any single known Shakespeare first folios? Have not Anthony West’s 2003 detailed twenty-first censuses, alone and with Eric Rasmussen’s 2011 publication covered everything? Not quite, says Dr Karan Attar, and both the Senate House Library first folios have repaid […]

Courtesans, cougars and Colette

Image: Léa de Lonval (Michelle Pfeiffer), the Baronne de la Berche (Bette Bourne), Madame Aldonza (Nichola McAuliffe) and Charlotte Peloux (Kathy Bates) in Mme Peloux’s ‘mausoleum’ in Chéri (dir. Stephen Frears, 2009) Ahead of the release of the biopic Colette, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Dr Will Visconti examines some of […]

British plots to overthrow the Ethiopian government during the 1984-85 famine  

At the height of the Ethiopian famine – the worst to hit the country in a century – the British government pondered whether it should assist in the overthrow of the military regime that was ruling in Addis Ababa.  Below, Martin Plaut, senior research fellow at the School of Advanced Study’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies, examines […]