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Conference « Jonathan SWIFT 350 », Dublin 2017

« Jonathan Swift 350”, Dublin 2017

A conference to mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift will be held between 7-9 June 2017 in Trinity College Dublin. The conference patrons are:

Patrick Prendergast, Provost, Trinity College Dublin

Victor Stacey, Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

James V. Lucey, Director, St Patrick’s Medical Health Services, Dublin

Mary E. Daly, President, Royal Irish Academy.


The conference, entitled “Jonathan Swift 350”, will form part of the wider Dublin Celebration of the 350th Anniversary of Swift’s birth that will include events and/or exhibitions at Marsh’s Library, Dublin City Libraries and other venues, as well as an exhibition of Swiftiana mounted by the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

The conference organizers expect to invite three or four plenary speakers; there will also be sessions and round tables for other participants, and social gatherings.

A formal Call for Papers for the conference will be issued early in 2016. Meanwhile, those who would like to present a 20-minute paper or organize a panel (3 x 20 minute papers) are invited to contact the organizers, by email, to indicate interest. Papers on the general topic of Swift and Ireland would be particularly welcome. 200-word proposals will be due in the summer of 2016 and a list of papers accepted will be published, with the conference timetable and the names of Plenary Speakers, early in 2017.

Aileen Douglas             Andrew Carpenter                    Ian Campbell Ross

Trinity College Dublin   University College Dublin          Trinity College Dublin

A conference website is being developed at and will go live later in 2015. Meanwhile, please send all communications to: <>; <>; and <>

Georgians Revealed, Exhibition British Library, London – 11th March 2014

Georgians Revealed

Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

Until 11 March 2014

Tasteful and polite, or riotous and pleasure-obsessed? Discover the Georgians as they really were, through the objects that tell the stories of their lives.

From beautifully furnished homes to raucous gambling dens, Georgians Revealed explores the revolution in everyday life that took place between 1714 and 1830. Cities and towns were transformed. Taking tea, reading magazines, gardening and shopping for leisure were commonplace, and conspicuous consumption became the pastime of the emerging middle classes.

Popular culture as we know it began, and with it the unstoppable rise of fashion and celebrity. Art galleries, museums and charities were founded. In this time of incredible innovation, ideas were endlessly debated in the new coffee houses and spread via the information highway that was mass print.

Drawing on the British Library’s uniquely rich and rare collections of illustrated books, newspapers, maps and advertisements, as well as loaned artworks and artefacts, Georgians Revealed brings to life the trials and triumphs of the ordinary people who transformed Britain forever.

To celebrate the exhibition, the Library and Cityscapes have created aGeorgian garden installation on the Piazza designed by landscape architect and historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan and funded by The Sackler Trust.

  • Tom & Jerry at a Coffee Shop near the Olympic

    I.R. and G. Cruikshank. ‘Tom & Jerry at a Coffee Shop near the Olympic’

    Pierce Egan, Life in London. London, 1823 (British Library. 838.i.2)

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  • Plans, Elevations, and Perspective Views of Pitzhanger Manor House

    John Soane. Plans, Elevations, and Perspective Views of Pitzhanger Manor House

    London, 1833. (British Library, C.190.b.22.(2))

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  • Pair of men’s shoes

    Pair of men’s shoes

    c.1790 (Northampton Museum)

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  • The Nobleman and Gentleman’s Director … in the True Choice of Their Wheel-Carriages

    The Nobleman and Gentleman’s Director … in the True Choice of Their Wheel-Carriages

    London, 1763 (British Library, 62.a.33)

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  • The Compleat Gamester

    The compleat gamester 

    Richard Seymour London (1734) (British Library, 1040.b.29)

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  • Grimaldi's Leap-Frog

    Grimaldi’s Leap-Frog

    William Heath’s coloured engraving (British Library, Dex.315)

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Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

 Type: Exhibition
 Date: 8 November – 11 March 2014
 Times: Mon – Fri: 10.00 – 18.00  (closes 20.00 on Tue)
Sat: 10.00 – 17.00
Sun: 11.00 – 17.00
 Prices: Adults £9
Under 18s free
Over 60s: £7
Students: £5
Other concessions available
 Address: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
How to get to the Library
 Enquiries: | +44 (0)1937 546546.