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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 […]

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson in context

On 6 October Professor Lawrence Goldman of the Institute of Historical Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, gave a keynote lecture on Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, one of the most important feminists in British history. Entitled ‘Elizabeth Garrett Anderson in context: the origins of the women’s movement in mid-Victorian Britain’, it was […]

Cross-cultural After-Life of Classical Sites

 Dr Valeria Vitale and Dr Gabriel Bodard explains the research behind the Cross-cultural After-Life of Classical Sites project, which aimed to extend our knowledge of the cultural complexity of many classical sites and widen the idea of the ‘ancient world’ beyond Greek and Roman cultures and languages. Part of a larger initiative to research and […]