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Guest post: How to make a wig

In last week’s guest post, curator of Material Culture and Decorative Arts Amy Miller explored some of the best wigs in Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude. This week, artists, art historian and subversive milliner Sue Walker shows you how to make your very own 18th-century style wig….

From spoons to satire: An evening in an 18th century coffee house

This time last week, we transformed the Sammy Ofer wing foyer above Ships, Clocks & Stars into an 18th century coffee house, with a little help from a few special guests. Top of the Pops of London’s Baroque, The Frolick were on hand to provide the music, while Dr Matthew…

The 1707 Isles of Scilly Disaster – Part 2

In my last post, I discussed some of the events surrounding one of the Navy’s great tragedies – the Isles of Scilly shipwreck of 1707 – and what might have caused it. In this post, I want to consider its relationship to the Longitude Act of 1714. Accounts of the…

Guest post: The Bitter Trade: Spices, Smugglers and State-Sponsored Killing

Yesterday evening, we celebrated 18th century coffeehouse culture in our event The Virtue of Coffee. In attendance was Piers Alexander, author of The Bitter Trade, a novel set in 18th century coffeehouses. Below he reflects on what it is about coffeehouses that inspired his work:  Reading Roy Porter’s Flesh in the Age of Reason was my…