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Exploring the Essays in the Georgian Papers

May 18, 2021, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT

The Georgian Papers Programme (GPP) will run two public workshops in April and May 2021. The workshops will highlight the work of two researchers who joined the programme as part of the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities REP Partner Organisation scheme. Holly Day (University of York, 2021) and Jenny Buckley (University of York, 2019) each conducted critical research for the GPP, illuminating aspects of the Georgian Papers collections that are of value and interest for researchers and the public alike.  Join us as Dr. Jenny Buckley and PhD student Holly Day share their research on two exciting aspects of the Georgian Papers: inventories and essays.

Jenny Buckley created an exhibit based on her research into the Georgian essays, The Essays of George III, an important part of the Georgian Papers.

“Spanning topics such as history, geography, mathematics, music, moral philosophy, the constitution, and revenue and taxation, the ‘Essays’ offer multiple avenues through which we can re-evaluate our perceptions of George III, both as a man and as a monarch. By working through these categories, we can begin to understand the nature of these ‘private papers’ as a distinct collection within the context of the Georgian Papers. It is possible to draw thematic connections between the papers and, once these have been identified, interesting correlations emerge between George III’s writings and those of other members of the Royal Household.”

–Jenny Buckley

In our first workshop (April 20, 2021), Holly Day presents her exploration of the Georgian inventories. If you ever encountered an estate sale, or if you ever wondered how on earth the Georgian monarchs kept track of their incredible collections of art, plate, furnishings and more, then this workshop will help discover the value of Georgian inventories. You can visit that collection here. Inventories are a key part of the Georgian Papers. They are a fascinating and extraordinarily diverse set of materials that introduce us to the material world of the Georgian court, as well as to the royal household and other staff who were generating the inventories. See Exploring the Inventories in the Georgian Papers: A virtual exhibition by Holly Day.