‘Two remarkable publishing ventures’: a former UEA professor reflects on two diarists

In his talk on two recently published Norfolk diarists Emeritus Professor Richard G. Wilson, formerly Director of the Centre of East Anglian Studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA), praised ‘two remarkable publishing ventures’. Giving his presidential address to a well-attended meeting of the Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group (NAHRG) on 26 April 2014, Prof. continue reading

30 Apr. 2014, Aylsham: Life in the Norfolk countryside in the 18th century

What was it like for women in the countryside in the 18th century? Were they confined to the home, and unable to get about? Did they travel alone or always with their menfolk? The Norfolk diarist Mary Hardy tells us the answers to these and many other questions about life in country areas. She wrote continue reading

29 Apr. 2014, Blakeney: Supplying the beer to the tied houses

On Tuesday 29 April 2014 Margaret Bird will give a talk to the Blakeney Area Historical Society (details below) on the lives of Norfolk draymen as recorded by Mary Hardy and her diarist nephew Henry Raven. Entitled ‘Supplying the beer: Life on the road in 18th-century Norfolk‘, it will show the great variety of challenges continue reading

26 Apr. 2014, Norwich: a talk on Mary Hardy by Prof. Richard Wilson

Mary Hardy is one of two diarists to feature in the Presidential Address by Professor Richard G. Wilson at a Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group (NAHRG) meeting in Norwich. His talk is entitled, ‘Two Norfolk Diarists: Benjamin Armstrong and Mary Hardy‘. It will be held at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on Saturday continue reading

12 Mar. 2014, Holt Society’s Georgian Lecture on schooling

Gresham’s, the well-known public school, is a major presence in the town of Holt. How was it regarded more than 200 years ago? Did pupils have to attend regularly, or was there scope for them to attend this, and other schools, only as often as they pleased? Parental encouragement of non-attendance Mary Hardy’s diary reveals continue reading

24 Oct. 2013, Aylsham: Rival brewers and the scramble for property

Drinkers in public houses would have had a bewildering time of it. In the eastern half of Norfolk in the second half of the 18th century there were few publican brewers who brewed on the premises. The commercial or common brewers had the retail sector in their grip and traded their outlets rapidly as fortunes rose continue reading

2 Oct. 2013, Wells: Civilians under arms in the French wars

What were the roles of the Militia and the Volunteers in support of the Regulars at the height of the invasion crises? Margaret Bird’s illustrated talk ‘Civilians under arms in north Norfolk 1798–1805‘ shows how one area from Wells to Cromer and inland was mobilised. It will be given to the Wells Local History Group continue reading

18 Sept. 2013, Dereham: Working lives of farm servants and maidservants

Sources rarely tell us about the daily lives of labouring people in rural areas in the 18th century. Farmers’ diaries, where they survive, more usually log the progress of the crops and the welfare of the livestock than the movements and hours of individual members of the workforce. Mary Hardy and her diarist nephew Henry continue reading

5–11 August 2013, Open Churches Week: Footprint in Whissonsett

The small village of Whissonsett in central Norfolk produced two published diarists in the 18th century: Mary Hardy, born Mary Raven in 1733; and her nephew Henry Raven, born there in 1777. They and their Whissonsett relations will be commemorated during Open Churches Week, from Monday 5 August to Sunday 11 August 2013 inclusive. The continue reading

6 June 2013, Norwich: a talk on malting and brewing

Margaret Bird is giving an illustrated presentation to the Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society (NIAS) entitled ‘Malting and brewing in Norfolk in the late 18th century‘. It is on Thursday 6 June at 7.30 pm in the heart of Norwich: the Charing Cross Centre, St John Maddermarket, Norwich NR2 1DN. This is a society which has been continue reading