Fascinating article in the Daily Telegraph shows that (depending on your mode of calculation) Mr Darcy £30,000 a year at the start of the 1800s could be recalculated to about £12m!
Other incomes shown are John Dashwood’s income of £6,000 in 1810 could be worth c£5m per annum today. Whilst Mrs Dashwood’s income of £500 per annum would be equivalent to c£450k. Emma’s inheritance of £30k could be worth £26,631,000.00.
The paper provides a searchable table which is very interesting. Take a look at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/11063670/Could-Mr-Darcy-afford-a-stately-home-today.html
Every lady (and many gentlemen) of the ton would have been expected to take an interest in those less fortunate than themselves.
Become a friend of one of the most evident sign of this largesse, The Foundling Hospital in London.
In becoming a Foundling Friend, you will be joining a group of like minded individuals whose annual support provides an essential source of unrestricted income for the Museum.
In return Foundling Friends enjoy:
Free and unlimited entry to the Museum and exhibitions
Annual programme of tours, visits, talks
Friends Exhibition Preview
Monthly Friends e-newsletter
Opportunity to volunteer at the Museum
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see: Foundling Hospital
Firstly, I must congratulate the villagers it is a beautiful place (largely built around crossroads which lead to York, Thirsk, Malton and the North York Moors) – probably made more so in recent days as I understand that they were going to have a garden competition. I didn’t see many people in the village but those I did were very friendly (even the very soggy doggy I saw whilst waiting for the bus back to York!)
I should, perhaps, declare a slight family connection to the village as I am directly descended from the 11th century de Fauconbergs. Whether they are the same branch of the family or not I don’t know but there is Fauconberg house (Newburgh Priory) within half a mile of the village and in the village itself a pub named for the family and almhouses established by the family in the 17th century.
When I arrived at Laurence Sterne’s house it was just after a tour had started (it is a small house so you can’t wander round on your own) but they accommodated my needs as I had to be back in time to meet the next bus to York (the service only runs a few times a day). The enthusiasm and knowledge of the curator, Patrick Wildgust was outstanding and the way the house has been ‘decorated’ quite perfect.
There were two rooms in particular that I felt at home in. The first is the dining room which is laid out for a meeting of the Good Humour Club (a York-based eighteenth century men-only club which “celebrated the twin virtues of companionship and conviviality”) with debris of a meal on the pewter plates, playing cards scattered around and evidence of smoking and drinking. To learn more about the club you can’t go far wrong than to listen to the play written by Michael Eaton which is set the day after the publication of Tristram Shandy (http://goodhumour.laurencesternetrust.org.uk/drama/) – this is a wonderful, evocative play and if you listen to it on YouTube you will also be able to listen to a rather bawdy song called Tristram Shandy performed by Wesley Stace.
The second room is the book-room which is filled with different copies of Sterne’s works. This is the place where, if it is possible to feel a presence from the past, you are most likely to sense Sterne as here he sat down to write. Taking photos is not allowed (understandably) but I found the following image of Stephen Fry in this very room when they filmed A Cock and Bull Story.
Hidden behind panelling in the drawing room and in one of the upstairs rooms are original wall paintings from medieval times (for the house long pre-dates Sterne’s residency).
The drawing room is panelled in long ago recycled materials which gives it a quirkiness that is quite appealing. Patrick remarked that as the room was extended in the 17th century and runs below ground level (you can see part of the garden at a height from the window) it is a cold room in winter. An alcove near the door was installed in Sterne’s time.
The tour didn’t go above stairs but in a way this didn’t matter as there is sufficient of interest on the ground floor including the original painting by Charles Robert Leslie showing Uncle Toby and the Widow Wadman from Tristram Shandy.
The Laurence Sterne Trust website points out that to “round a corner at Shandy Hall and come upon Joseph Nollekens’ bust of Laurence Sterne ranks high among the pleasures of a visit to the house. The bust was modelled from the life in 1766 in Rome. ‘With this performance Nollekens continued to be pleased even to his second childhood,’ writes his biographer. In his portrait painted by John Francis Rigaud in 1772, Nollekens can be seen leaning upon his bust of Sterne.” (http://www.laurencesternetrust.org.uk/the-laurence-sterne-trust.php).
Apparently the bust is so accurate that it was used to correctly identify Sterne’s remains when it became necessary to remove them from the graveyard at St George’s, Hanover Square in London in the late 1960s. He is now interred in Coxwold.
As I was in the village I tried to visit the church but, unfortunately, it was closed. I understand, however, that it too is well worth a visit as the interior dates from the 1700s.
I have to hold my hands up and say I am uncertain as to whether I like Sterne’s works. I cannot decide whether he was very clever and original or whether he was too clever by half! I feel the same way about the 2005 film which was an ambitious film about filming the un-filmable (which if the residents of Stony Stratford – another beautiful Georgian village now part of the general Milton Keynes area and which I used to live near – will have us believe is named after the tale-telling competitions held between the coaching inns ‘The Cock’ and ‘The Bull’). However, no matter what my personal feelings are about Sterne this is a wonderful place to visit and I will go back.
As a member of the Jane Austen Society I receive regular newsletters.
In the latest issue there was a brief mention of this year’s Beverley Georgian Festival.
“To celebrate both the 300th anniversary of Beverley Market Cross and the succession of King George I in 1714, a number of events and performances are being organised by the Beverley Georgia”n Festival committee , including re-enactments, displays of Georgian properties on Heritage weekend, period music, theatre, film, costume and cooking, with a masked banquet in the splendid setting of Beverley Minster, as well as film showings, food and hands-on craft activities.
The Beverley Georgian Festival will run from Saturday 13th September until Sunday 21st September 2014.”
There will be talks about Georgian domestic life (by a former Curator of Fairfax House) and Mary Wollstonecraft as well as a re-enactment of the proclamation of the accession of George I.
Many of the events are free and there are several catering for the young fans of the period.
For more information see http://www.beverleygeorgianfestival.co.uk/programme.html
As part of the BBC Georgian series Suzy Klein and Christian Cunyn will be exploring the music of the period at http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/gp. Apparently, once released the podcasts will be available indefinitely.
You might also like to see http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/in-our-time/archive/18th_century/all for a series of programmes presented by Melvin Bragg which looks at various aspects of the Eighteenth Century including philosophy, literature and science. I only found these recently although they were first broadcast in 2006.
I am currently researching Eighteenth Century Societies around the world and thought I would start with the UK (for obvious reasons!) and will add to the list as I identify more. NB unless I specifically mention that I have experience of a society/organisation the below is just a list that I have pulled together and I in no way accept responsibility for any of the societies content on their websites/emails, or in their publications, lectures etc nor do I accept responsibility for any events held and issues arising from these.
The Georgian Group – http://www.georgiangroup.org.uk/docs/home/index.php
– the purpose of this organisation is shown as being:
“Britain’s architectural heritage is one of the nation’s greatest assets and the Georgian period (broadly 1700-1837) gave us some of our most beautiful buildings. The Georgian Group is the national charity dedicated to preserving Georgian buildings and gardens. Every year we are consulted on over 6,000 planning applications involving demolition or alterations. Our intervention has helped save many Georgian buildings and has protected others from harm. It is often through our influence that a better solution is found. There is a great deal to do and we need your support, so please consider joining us in 2014 as we celebrate the tercentenary of the beginning of the Georgian era.”
– they provide useful reference material, organise events and provide grants
Research (s0me of the below are only open to academics)
The British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies (BESECS) – http://www.bsecs.org.uk/conference/
– the purpose of this society is:
“The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, a registered charity, was founded in 1971 to promote the study of the eighteenth century, not only as it was experienced in Britain but throughout the world. The Society strives to be as fully multi- and inter-disciplinary as possible. It encourages research into, inter alia, art history, dance history, economics, education, linguistics, literature, medicine, music, philosophy, politics, science, sociology, sport and theatre – indeed, into all aspects of eighteenth-century history, culture and society. The Society also strives to encourage good practice and new approaches to teaching and researching the eighteenth century.”
– members receive the quarterly Journal for Eighteenth Century Societies – in recent years this publication has provided articles about botany, The Dean of St Asaph’s Trial for Libel in the 1780s, Funeral Sermons, Jacobite Material Culture, the Wordsworths, Grub Street, Illustrating Childhood and the Comedy of National Character as well as reviews of recently published books from around the world
– as a member I am slightly bias and would recommend this organisation to any enthusiast (academic or otherwise) of the period
British History in the Eighteenth Century (Institute of Historical Research, University of London) – http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/107/webpage
The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (Queen Mary, University of London) – http://www.qmul.ac.uk/eighteenthcentury/
The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies (University of York) – http://www.york.ac.uk/eighteenth-century-studies/
Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century (University of Kent) – https://www.kent.ac.uk/english/research/centres/18th.html
Eighteenth Century Centre (University of Warwick) – http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/ecc/
Eighteenth Century Study Group (University of Sheffield) – http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/c18studies
Eighteenth Century Research Group (Birbeck, University of London) – http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/research/eighteenth-century-research-group
Long Eighteenth Century Group (University of Northumberland) – http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/sass/about/humanities/englishhome/englresearch/groups/leightcent/
The North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies – http://northeastforum.wordpress.com/contact-us/
Research Group for Eighteenth Century and Romantic Studies (University of Cambridge) – http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/research/eighteenth/
The South Coast Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Research Group (SCERRG) – http://www.scerrg.org/
– the website states that this group:
“was founded in 2009 to promote academic research into all aspects of the long eighteenth century. The group aims to facilitate interdisciplinary debate and discussion between researchers and students in the region’s academic institutions. It holds and advertises a range of events, including academic seminars, conferences, postgraduate fora, and public events.
In addition, the group will develop a number of publication projects and research initiatives, drawing on the expertise of scholars of the long eighteenth century in this region and nationally. Currently Dr Fiona Price (University of Chichester) and Dr Ben Dew (University of Portsmouth) are editing a collection Visions of History with Palgrave: the collection grew from the 2010 SCERRG conference on the subject of eighteenth-century history writing and fictionality.
The Group will also encourage dialogue amongst the South Coast postgraduate community. For more information, see the postgraduate page.
The group was launched by the University of Chichester, in partnership with Chawton House and the universities of Kent, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Winchester. It will also prove of interest to scholars, students and members of the general public who wish to advertise or attend events relating to the study of the long eighteenth century.”
York Georgian Society – http://www.yorkgeorgiansociety.org/
– the purpose of this society is:
“The York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering the study and appreciation of them. It is the second oldest society outside London devoted to the Georgian era. The Society’s remit extends beyond architecture and the crafts associated with building to include the arts, culture and society of the period from 1660, the year of George I’s birth, to 1837, the year of William IV’s death.”
– they hold monthly lectures between October and March as well as arranging visits to various locations of the summer – the titles of some of the lectures in the last few months include The Carrying Trade in England in the Long Eighteenth Century and William Kent (1685–1748): Designing Georgian Britain
– individual membership is only £18 and is well worth it
Jane Austen Society UK – http://www.janeaustensoci.freeuk.com/
– the aims of the society are:
“To foster the appreciation and study of the life, work and times of Jane Austen and the Austen family
To secure the preservation of the manuscripts, letters and memorabilia of Jane Austen and the Austen family
To continue a programme of scholarly publications concerning Jane Austen and the Austen family
To support the work of the Jane Austen Memorial Trust in maintaining the Museum at Jane Austen’s House, Chawton”
– the website provides links to regional groups and provides details of events that are held throughout the year and there is a newsletter which reviews books and looks at relevant Jane Austen stories (including the forthcoming £10 note)
The Byron Society – http://www.thebyronsociety.co.uk/
– the purpose of the society is:
“The Byron Society was re-founded in London on 22nd January 1971 through the energies of a number of well-known Byronists, especially Elma Dangerfield CBE. In 1973, we started the Byron Journal, which is published twice a year, and which all members receive free.
In 1974, we held our first organised international conference. Since then, we have had a conference every year, in countries such as Greece, the USA, Japan, France, Canada, Malta and Italy. All members are welcome to join us.
Today, the Byron Society holds regular lectures and social events in London, as well as occasionally elsewhere in the UK. For more details, please see Byron Society Events”
– The Byron Journal is printed twice a year and is free to members and costs £19 per annum to non-members.
The Keats-Shelley Memorial Society – http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/
– as the website states this society is actually based in Rome but it is a British registered charity with HRH the Prince of Wales as patron
– the society has a museum dedicated to the Romantic poets which is based in the house on Casina Rossa – at the foot of the Spanish Steps – where John Keats died (see http://www.keats-shelley-house.org/)
– you can become a friend of the Society for £20:
“Join the Friends and you will:
- Enjoy FREE entry to the Museum in Rome and help preserve it for future generations
- Receive a twice yearly newsletter by email or post with details of KSMA activities and news from Rome
- Find out about events in UK or Rome including lectures, poetry meetings, outings and sponsored events at literary festivals
- Receive a FREE copy of the Keats-Shelley Review in Spring and Autumn
- Receive an invitation to the Keats-Shelley Prize Presentation in London in October each year.
Friends are also invited to send details of events associated with the Romantics that may be of interest to other members for possible inclusion in the Newsletter.”
The Wellington Society of Madrid – http://www.wellsoc.org/SocietyPages.htm
– the website states:
“The Wellington Society was founded by Stephen Drake-Jones in 1979. It is dedicated to research, education and other cultural activities concerning the Peninsular Campaign of Arthur Wellesely, Duke of Wellington. ”
The Bath Eighteenth Century Ball – http://www.bathminuetcompany.co.uk/18th_Century_Ball.html
– an annual event which is held in the Guildhall (hosted by the Bath Minuet Company) NB the next event is on the 5th April (tickets are still available)
Lace Wars – http://www.lacewars.co.uk/
– the purpose of this group is stated as:
“Lace Wars is made up of a number of regiments depicting both military and civilian life during the 18th Century.
Specialising in the period 1740-1760 and in particular the Jacobite rebellion, we stage events throughout the year at historic sites in the UK and Europe.
Clients include Historic Scotland, English Heritage and the National Trust, as well as local museums and private houses such as Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings and Rockingham Castle.
Events can vary from mock battles with cavalry and artillery to small regimental living history camps; we have also been known to dabble with, smugglers and other ne’er-do-wells!”
Pulteney’s Regiment (13th Foot) – http://freespace.virgin.net/gerald.hughes/indexa.htm
– part of the Lace Wars group the purpose is:
“We are a UK based group re-enacting the period from 1739 to 1765 but specializing in the dates 1742-48. We aim to recreate as authentically as possible a unit of soldiers, and their dependants in King George II’s service and in so doing both entertain and educate the public.
Since being formed in 1994 we have taken part in events across the country and have been featured in a BBC documentary about the Bayonet. We have performed drill displays for the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and contributed to events for English Heritage, such as History in Action (The largest multi-period historical festival in the world).”