14 April 2018 at UEA: A talk ‘From brewing to gentry’ on the creation of small country estates

Margaret Bird, editor of The Diary of Mary Hardy 1773–1809 published by Burnham Press, will give an illustrated talk as Honorary President of the Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group (NAHRG) on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 2.30 pm. It will be held at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and all are welcome, free of continue reading

23 July 2017: Holt Festival Fringe event based on Mary Hardy research

‘Beer and bridges‘ is the title of a talk for the Holt Festival Fringe on Sunday evening 23 July 2017. Margaret Bird, the editor of the Burnham Press set of volumes of Mary Hardy’s diary, will be featuring some of their content at an event in north Norfolk in the village where the diarist lived continue reading

‘A de luxe edition’ and ‘a real bargain’: praise for The Diary of Mary Hardy in the latest review

In a long review, in a top academic journal, the Burnham Press four-volume edition of The Diary of Mary Hardy is described as “a de luxe edition”. G.M. Ditchfield, Emeritus Professor of Eighteenth-Century History at the University of Kent, gives a very detailed account of the Diary, with its companion volume The Remaining Diary of continue reading

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14 Oct. 2015: A seminar on civilians at war, ‘Trust the people’, in London University’s Senate House

This hour-long talk is now available as a podcast, with slides. It is freely downloadable from the Institute for Historical Research (IHR). The accompanying PowerPoint slides can also be accessed from that webpage. — — — The organisation of civilian resistance to invasion will form the subject of Margaret Bird’s illustrated presentation ‘ “Trust the people”: the English approach continue reading

7 Oct. 2015, Wells-next-the-Sea: a talk on Mary Hardy, farming and brewing

Margaret Bird will give an illustrated talk ‘Mary Hardy: farmer, brewer, diarist‘ to the Wells Local History Group on Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 7.30 pm. All are welcome. The details of the meeting at Wells, Norfolk, are below. Power for malting and brewing Wells, like other ports and staithes along the Norfolk coast at continue reading

4 June 2015: The working days of Letheringsett’s large rural maltings and brewery

On Thursday 4 June 2015 Margaret Bird will give an illustrated talk in Letheringsett Village Hall on the story of the village’s maltings and adjoining brewery: ‘ “A maltings of national importance”: the working days of Letheringsett’s maltings and brewery 1720–1896‘. The talk will begin at 7.30 pm, preceded at 6.30 by a cold buffet costing £9.00 continue reading

13 May 2015, Coltishall: The glory days of a brewing village

On Wednesday 13 May 2015 the Bure Navigation Conservation Trust will host a talk on beer and on the businesses built around this staple drink in a Broads village 1700–1840. Enjoy a glass of local beer at Margaret Bird’s illustrated talk ‘Here for the beer: Coltishall as a major brewing centre‘, to begin at 7.30 pm in Coltishall Village continue reading

24 Mar. 2015: A research seminar at Royal Holloway, near Windsor

This hour-long talk is now available as a podcast, with slides. — — — Margaret Bird will give an illustrated talk ‘Inculcating an appreciation of time pressure in the young: the training of children for working life in 18th-century England‘. All are welcome. It will be held on Tuesday 24 March 2015 at 6 pm. The talk draws in part on the continue reading

7 Oct. 2014, Ludham: Keels and wherries in the 18th century

We know few details about the trading vessels plying the waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk in the 1700s. In the next century the artists of the Norwich School and then the Broadland photographers of the late Victorian age captured them for posterity. A useful source on the waterways That is why Mary Hardy’s diary is continue reading