[Humanist] 26.517 exhibition: Bess of Hardwick's letters

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Sat Nov 24 10:15:44 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 517.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:05:49 +0000
        From: Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Bess of Hardwick

Unsealed - The Letters of Bess of Hardwick, now at the National 
Archives, from 26 November 2012 to 23 February 2013

Bess of Hardwick (Elizabeth, countess of Shrewsbury) was one of 
Elizabethan England's most famous figures, an influential matriarch and 
dynast, lady at Elizabeth I's court, and the builder of great stately 
homes like Hardwick Hall. For the first time her correspondence is 
explored in an exciting exhibition at the National Archives.

Dukes and spies, queens and servants, friends and lovers - all of the 
Elizabethan world populates Bess of Hardwick's letters. Bess herself 
wrote hundreds of letters throughout her life. They were her lifeline to 
her travelling children and husbands, to the court at London, and to 
news from the world at large. Unsealed lets Bess and her corre4spondents 
tell their stories in their own words. The stunning banners and letter 
facsimiles bring Bess and her correspondents to life, and a series of 
podcasts discuss the food, fashion and gossip exchanged with Bess's 
letters. Bess's letters are now housed in many different archives and 
libraries across the world, including The National Archives. Some of the 
original letters will be displayed in our new museum 'The Keeper's 
Gallery' which will open by January 2013.

Dr Alison Wiggins will also be giving a free talk on the letters at The 
National Archives on 29 November at 2pm, and Bess's letters will be on 
display after the talk.

Unsealed is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and 
supported by the National Trust and the University of Glasgow. It was 
created by Anke Timmermann with support from Dr Alison Wiggins at the 
University of Glasgow, and has been brought to The National Archives 
with the help of Dr Katherine Mair and Dan Bowmar.


AHRC Letters of Bess of Hardwick Project

Unsealed: The Podcasts

Dr Alison Wiggin's talk
Professor Andrew Prescott FRHistS
Head of Department
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
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