Next event—CRECS Sound & Vision, 28 Apr 2015

Our last CRECS event for the 2014/15 session turns to the issue of entertainment. Without the benefit of Netflix and Spotify, what did our 18th-century predecessors do in their leisure time? In an age before cinema and pre-recorded music, how could you get your fix of sound and vision? Well, tonight, you can find out a little more about this, with two talks that focus on the spectacular and the elegant. There’ll also be a chance to discuss possible future activities for next year’s session.

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Killing the King with Porter … part two.

My last post for the CRECs blog was about my very fun (and sometimes messy) experience of making a short film about the treason trials of the 1790s. I’m very excited to say that the film is now online. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the history of treason or freedom of speech (a ‘British value’? maybe not …), about the radical firebrand John Thelwall, or just about what happens if you get a bit too breathy near a pot of porter, then do feel free to check it out here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02msxbt

The film was made as part of my participation in the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers scheme, which aims to support early career academics in bringing their research to a public audience. The films by most of my nine fellow NGTs are also online here. I think they’re all pretty brilliant, but the eighteenth-centuryists and Romanticists among you may especially enjoy Alun Withey (Exeter) on eighteenth-century barber shops, Daisy Hay (Exeter) on Disraeli’s marriage, and Tom Charlton (Stirling) on marginalia.