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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…

Guest post: What your wig says about you

On 13 November, we’ll be taking an irreverent tour of Georgian London in our Clocking Off LATE, in association with Time Out. As well as our LATE regulars such as Curators on the gangplank and our nautical-but-nice pub quiz, we’ll be running Subversive Wiggery workshops where you can make your…