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Memorial Service Dr Antti Mattikala

As many of you may be aware Dr Antti Matikkala, FRHistS, FSA, of Helsinki passed away unexpectedly on 9 January 2019.

Antti was a very fine scholar of early modern England and Europe not to mention an incorrigible anglophile and wonderful human being. Several of his friends are organising a memorial service in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, to celebrate his scholarship and life. Prof John Morrill, FBA and Mr Wilhelm Brummer will be speaking to remember and honour our friend who passed away far too young.

The memorial service is scheduled to take place at 14:30 on Sunday 12 January 2012.

Trinity College Chapel, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ

Refreshments will be provided in the Allhusen Room after the service where we can continue to remember Antti. I would be grateful if you could put the date in your diaries. I will write again closer to the time with more specific information. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kindest wishes,

Ambrogio Caiani  (a.a.caiani@kent.ac.uk)

 

 

Play, Protest and Pelicans: A People’s History of London’s Royal Parks

Exhibition

They started life as royal hunting grounds: Henry VIII created Hyde Park and St James’s Park; Charles I filled Richmond Park with deer in 1625. But over the centuries, the Royal Parks became open to all, providing 5000 acres of green space for the people of London, making it one of the greenest capital cities in the world.

The parks have seen wartime training, protests across the political spectrum, huge public parties and wild rock concerts. From Speakers’ Corner to the Serpentine Lido, the Royal Parks have provided a gathering place and sanctuary for the city’s ever-changing population.

Looking at Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, St James’s Park, Green Park, Regent’s Park, and Greenwich Park, London’s Royal Parks will draw upon paintings, drawings, photographs and memorabilia from the Hearsum Collection, Royal Collection Trust, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Museum of London to illustrate the surprising histories of London’s Royal Parks.

The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London

10.30am – 5.00pm

20 November 2019 – 9 February 2020

https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/play-protest-and-pelicans-a-peoples-history-of-londons-royal-parks/

 

 

Creative Links: The Concealed Stories of Nazi-Looted Craft and Art uncovered

During the Nazi regime, artworks and cultural property owned by Jewish people were systemically looted, sold, scattered and destroyed. Many objects ended up in public and private collections, often acquired without knowledge of their background. Join the curators of the Gilbert Collection – famous for some of the most beautiful European and British masterpieces ever made, many in precious metal – in conversation with Stephanie Souroujon, as they share their research into the troubling history of some of the collection’s pieces.

The V&A and the Gilbert Collection are at the forefront of proactive provenance research in the UK. Following the appointment of a Provenance Curator, Dr Jacques Schuhmacher, the V&A is showcasing the display ‘Concealed Histories: Uncovering the Story of Nazi Looting’ (until 10 January 2021) – the first of its kind by a UK museum.

To book visit http://www.goldsmiths-centre.org/whats-on/whats-on-creative-links-concealed-stories-nazi-looted-craft-and-art-uncovered-gilbert-collection-curators

 

Thirsk Prize 2020: call for submissions

The British Agricultural History Society is pleased to invite submissions for its annual Thirsk Prize.

Books published for the first time in 2019 in the broad area of British and Irish rural history, or which use Britain and Ireland as comparators, are eligible.

Submission is by sending a pdf of the work to the secretary of the prize committee by Noon on 13 January 2020. The Winner will be announced at the Society’s annual conference on April 2019.

https://www.bahs.org.uk/index.html

Full details of eligibility and how to submit can be found at http://www.bahs.org.uk/Thirskprize2020.pdf

Previous winners of the prize have been

2017: Peter Jones, Agricultural Enlightenment: Knowledge, Technology and Nature, 1750-1840 (OUP)

2018: Briony McDonagh Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700-1830 (Routledge)

2019: Paul Warde, The Invention of Sustainability: Nature and Destiny, c.1500-1870 (CUP).

 

Daily Life at the Playhouse: Celebrating Molière and the “Maison de Molière” – call for articles

DAILY LIFE AT THE PLAYHOUSECelebrating Molière and the “Maison de Molière”

Sabine Chaouche and Jan Clarke (Eds.)

In 1680, Louis XIV made an important decision. A new playhouse was to be created through the merging of the troupes of the Hôtel de Bourgogne created in the first part of the century, and the ‘Troupe du Roi’ – including, after Molière’s death, most of his players and those from the Théâtre du Marais. The new playhouse would later be known as the ‘Maison de Molière’ (Molière’s playhouse), as a celebration of the famous playwright’s comic genius.Molière’s outstanding talent as a playwright, actor, and stage-director has often been praised over the centuries and analyzed in literary studies. However, his work as a director of a company, and the context in which Parisian theatre businesses throve in the seventeenth century and eighteenth century has been overlooked. More generally, daily life has been left out as it involves a social and economic historical approach, with a focus on the history of business and consumption, and material culture.From the seventeenth century onwards, playhouses and court entertainments had already sophisticated logistics and complex organizations. Companies dealt mainly with artists, local suppliers, and managed multiple employees. They often faced tight schedules in terms of rehearsals and stage production.Playhouses impacted the area in which they were located. They were a unique platform for business operations. Entertainments became the hub of Parisian life, Versailles and Fontainebleau, and economic activity during the period. They were intrinsically linked to the rise of consumerism by selling cultural products to audiences, and other goods such as drinks or books. The most important theatrical institutions had seemingly some characteristics of contemporary cultural enterprises that have merchandising products.Although it is usually accepted that most studies have a Paris-centric take, few works have actually examined the economic and daily operating side of Parisian playhouses or court entertainments. Our objective is to examine the interface between the companies, their suppliers and audiences, and to give new insight into the ‘pre-theatre industry’ period and the consumer ‘revolution’ (McKendrick, Brewer and Plumb, 1982).

We seek contributions that focus on the different Parisian companies’ organization and the running of playhouses, and that link the history of theatre to a broader social and economic context, such as the districts in which playhouses were located (transportation, street life, and taxes). We seek also to gather contributions able to give a glimpse into the theatre employees’ ordinary life, through their experiences, skills, and work, and to reveal how they participated in the burgeoning theatrical life that marked Molière’s time and later the eighteenth century when competition between rival companies and institutions peaked. Finally, we are interested in the way Parisian playhouses were managed as cultural enterprises and how companies developed a network of suppliers.This volume will look at the macro-environment—that is the social, political, cultural and economic context linked to the daily life of playhouses or companies—and the micro-environment of the business of theatres—that is the economy and organization of the playhouses in terms of staffing, directors, and boards; the costs involved in the running of shows and daily life within theatres; the tradesmen who supplied the playhouses.

We invite historians of theatre, social and economic historians, and historians of material culture, historians of consumption or of the history of Paris, Versailles or Fontainebleau to examine the following themes:

  • The living environment: daily life in the districts or streets surrounding the playhouse (or the towns where court entertainments were organized); the premises and location; the actors’ accommodation.
  • The running of a playhouse or a company; daily organization and changes; schedules, tasks, and committees.
  • Financial operations.
  • The interior of the theatre, its design, and the services or facilities which were provided.
  • Logistics, travels, modes of transportation, warehouses, the material used, etc.
  • Marketing and promotional material and campaigns; strategies and innovations to attract audiences.
  • Trade and business operations: major or minor suppliers, supplies and services (goods for the stage, but also anything relating to the off-stage or day-to-day running of the playhouse); shops near the playhouses or court entertainment spaces; deliveries; the relationships between companies and tradesmen.
  • Merchandizing and goods that became fashionable or were sold in playhouses.
  • Employees and family networks; spectators having close relationships with companies.
  • Actors’ or employees’ standard of living and consumption; estates; actors’ or employees’ pastimes and hobbies.

You should send your proposal in French or English (250 to 300 words) with a short bio-bibliography (1-page maximum) by 30th January 2020 to both Professor Sabine Chaouche (sabinec@sunway.edu.my) and Professor Jan Clarke (jan.clarke@durham.ac.uk).

 

British Commission for Maritime History: Boydell & Brewer 2019 Doctoral Prize

British Commission for Maritime History: Boydell & Brewer 2019 Doctoral Prize

BCMH invites nominations for the best doctoral thesis in maritime history awarded by a UK university in the academic year 2018-19. The prize winner receives a cheque for £200.

Subjects eligible for consideration reflect the Commission’s view maritime history as a wide-ranging discipline.

Nominations may be submitted by the candidate or by their supervisor. The closing date for the 2018-19 prize is 1 January 2020.

Further information, including how to submit a nomination, is available at http://www.maritimehistory.org.uk/doctoral-prize/

 

Call for Posters: EHS Annual Conference 2020

The annual conference of the Economic History Society will take place 17 – 19 April 2020 at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. The Society welcomes sole-authored posters from graduate students at an early stage of pursuing their PhD, i.e. having completed at least one full year of study; collaborative work is not eligible. Graduate students who have presented a poster will be eligible to apply to present a paper in the New Researcher session in a subsequent year, but may present in a poster session only once during their graduate career.The poster session will be held on Saturday 18 April. It offers students an excellent opportunity to showcase and gain feedback on early-stage work in a supportive environment. Those wishing to be considered for inclusion in the programme must submit an application, via the online system (http://www.ehs.org.uk), by 18 November 2019.

This should provide:

  • A firm title
  • A short abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • A current CVA supporting statement from the student’s supervisor must be emailed separately (to Maureen Galbraith: ehsocsec@arts.gla.ac.uk).

Detailed guidance notes can be found below.Any queries should please be directed to Maureen Galbraith.

Guidance Notes for New Researcher Poster Presenters

  • A prize of £100 will be awarded for the best poster
  • Poster presenters will be responsible for providing an electronic copy of their poster in advance of the conference, together with a copy of the abstract submitted in response to the call for posters. This is to allow the panel that will judge the posters to review them in advance of the conference.
  • If selected for the poster session, presenters will be responsible for bringing a printed version of their poster (A0 size, vertically-oriented, and in colour) with them to the conference. Materials for displaying the posters (i.e. poster stands) will be provided by the EHS.
  • Limit the text to roughly one-fourth of the poster space, and use ‘visuals’ (graphs, photographs, schematics, maps, etc.) to tell your ‘story’.
  • Text should be under 800 words. Be prepared to give a brief oral introduction to the project and answer questions.
  • A banner displaying your poster title, name, and department should be positioned at top-centre of the board.
  • Leave some open space in the design. An open layout is less tiring to the eye and mind.
  • Make it clear to the audience how to view/read the poster. The poster generally should read from left to right, and top to bottom. Numbering the individual panels, or connecting them with arrows, is a standard ‘guidance system’.
  • Simplicity is essential. Keep to the point, and don’t try to cover too many things.
  • Tell the audience what question you are asking, why it is interesting, and what answer you propose.
  • Think of your poster as an advertisement of your paper, not as the paper itself. Your goal is to engage people in conversation.
  • Use a minimum font size of 26 pt. for the body of the text, and 46 pt. for the main title.
  • Cite and reference any sources of information other than your own, just as you would do with a research paper. The ‘References Cited’ is placed at the end of the poster.
  • The posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference. There will be designated times when poster presenters are asked to be with their posters; namely: tea/coffee breaks.
  • Do not forget to bring along handouts that summarize your presentation; these should include your name, affiliation and email address.

 

Journal of Legal History conference funding

The Journal of Legal History is offering funding of £5000 to support a conference on any area of British or European legal history.

The call for applications ends on 31 March 2020. Successful applicants are asked to offer the right of first refusal for publication of any papers arising from the conference in the journal, whose remit is broadly defined as  ‘the development of the common law, both in the British Isles and overseas, on the history of the laws of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and on Roman law and the European legal tradition.’

Further information can be found on the website of the publishers of the journal: https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/flgh-call-for-funding-proposals/?utm_source=TFO&utm_medium=cms&utm_campaign=JOJ11610

 

Northern History: Gordon Forster Essay Prize 2019

GORDON FORSTER ESSAY PRIZE 2019

The Editors of the journal ‘Northern History invite submissions to the annual Gordon Forster Essay Prize. The competition is open to graduate students and early-career researchers. A prize of £200 will be awarded for the winning essay, which will be considered for publication in the journal.

The essays should fit within the scope of ‘Northern History’. The journal publishes scholarly work on the history of the seven historic Northern counties of England: Cheshire, Cumberland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, Westmorland, and Yorkshire. The journal includes articles on topics treated regionally, and on the history of particular localities set in a wider context. Essays could discuss general Northern subjects, compare the history of the North with that of other parts of the country, or discuss Northern connections with the wider world.

The submission should be in the English language. The word limit is 7000-10,000 words, including notes, and the essay should follow the instructions for authors as found at: http://www.tandfonline.com/ynhi

The Editors retain the right not to award the prize in any year in which the material submitted is not considered to be of a suitable standard. Essays should be submitted as Word documents to NorthernHistory@leeds.ac.uk.

Deadline: 1 December 2019

 

 

Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour Exhibition

A major exhibition of watercolours, marking the bicentenary of the births of both Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, opens on Saturday 26 October at Poole Museum, 4 High Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1BW. Poole Museum will be the only venue to host this exhibition in the South of the UK.

Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour showcases nearly 70 works loaned by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection. The exhibition explores the private and public lives of the couple throughout their marriage. Both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were avid patrons and practitioners of watercolour painting.Visitors will have the opportunity to view many watercolours depicting the pomp and spectacle of royalty, travel abroad as well as scenes from the private life of the couple. In addition, works by Queen Victoria herself will be on display, showcasing her talent and passion using watercolours.

https://www.rct.uk/collection/themes/exhibitions/victoria-and-albert-our-lives-in-watercolour/poole-museum-poole

Poole Museum will host a series of events and activities throughout the exhibition, suitable for all ages including a children’s Make and Take craft activity and a talk from the curator of the exhibition, Carly Collier, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. Programming also includes a Dementia-friendly exhibition tour.