Posts Tagged ‘Research’

Material from the Georgian period in our library collections

Katie Sambrook, Head of Special Collections, King’s College London The rich holdings of the Foyle Special Collections Library at King’s College London include some 10,000 printed and manuscript items from the Georgian period. Their subject scope is broad, with particularly strong coverage of political history, exploration and travel, science and medicine.   Political history   The… Read More »

Crowd Sourcing and Georgian Papers Programme

Mark Hedges, Director of Centre for e-Research, King’s College London The GPP is carrying out a programme of digitisation and metadata creation for a variety of documents in the Georgian Papers collections, and although this will improve greatly discovery of and access to these important materials, the information within the documents themselves will still be locked… Read More »

Metadata enrichment through natural language processing

Chris Olver, Metadata Creator, Georgian Papers Programme, King’s College London My role based in King’s College London Archives has been to explore and implement ways of improving accessibility to the Georgian digital records by the Royal Archives. This work has broadly broken down into three distinct work paths: surveying and researching the historical database digital… Read More »

Further thoughts on ‘America is Lost!’

Dr. Angel Luke O’Donnell, Teaching Fellow in North American History, King’s College London The ‘America is Lost!’ piece was a short essay written by George III reviewing the causes and effects of the American Revolution. It potentially provides a fascinating insight into the thoughts of King George about the future of the British Empire after… Read More »

'Farmer George'? Notes on Agriculture

James Fisher, PhD candidate, History Department, King’s College London Background During his reign King George III acquired the nickname of “Farmer George”, in part due to his agricultural interests and in part as a playful pun – a nod toward nominative determinism given that the name George derived from the Greek word geōrgos (γεωργός) meaning… Read More »

‘Remarks on the Preface to the Account of the Musical Performance in Commemoration of Handel’, George III

Remarks on the Preface to the Account of the Musical Performance in Commemoration of Handel’ George III

Professor Matthew Head, Department of Music, Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, King’s College London Jump to Essay Transcription & Images This brusque memo in the hand of George III is a smoking gun. It is addressed to one Joah Bates, a naval administrator, antiquarian musician and Handel-enthusiast who directed the epochal performances of Handel’s music that… Read More »

Eye Surgery in the Georgian Age

Ayesha Hussain and Anna Maerker, Department of History, King’s College London                 In his old age, King George III suffered from blindness due to cataracts in both eyes.The affliction was movingly documented in portraits from 1820 by artists Charles Turner and Samuel William Reynolds (Figs.1-2). The King’s doctors… Read More »

Medicine and the Georgian Navy

Ayesha Hussain and Anna Maerker, Department of History, King’s College London The long sea voyages of the Georgian period took their toll on the health of sailors. Most dreaded of all was scurvy, a disease caused by Vitamin C deficiency. On a naval voyage to the South Seas under Captain George Anson in the 1740s,… Read More »