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Gothic Revival: CRECS Tours Strawberry Hill House, 16 May 2017

Join the Cardiff Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Seminar (CRECS) on 16 May 2017 for an exciting excursion, as we visit the Gothic Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham, a modern architectural marvel. 496 more words


In Celebration of National Gardening Week

What a glorious spring it has been so far. Our woodland is beginning to flourish as all the new plants settle in. There is blossom on the Judas tree, crab apples and lilacs. 249 more words

Horace Walpole and his Legacies: A Tercentenary Colloquium (5th May)

Novelist, playwright, designer, collector, and letter-writer extraordinaire: Horace Walpole was a writer of many talents. Celebrate three hundred years since his birth at this free informal gathering on 5th May from 10.00 to 14.00 in Durham Castle. 93 more words

Literary Events

Quote of the day, April 3

Horace Walpole, on justice and truth

“Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.”


The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole

This is a book from the 1700s that I never would have picked up if not for reading about it in another book. 451 more words

March 7, 1809: Cogito Airgonaut

Jean-Pierre Blanchard, the noted 18th century “Airgonaut,” made his first successful balloon flight in Paris back  in 1784, in a hydrogen gas balloon launched from the Champ de Mars. 276 more words

Wretched Richard's Almanac

Dates, Thumbs, and Popeye

Horace Walpole once wrote, “I sit with my toes in a brook,/ And if anyone axes forwhy?/ I hits them a rap with my crook,/ For ‘tis sentiment does it, says I.” Well, I’m sentimental about particular reference books, like “Chase’s Annual Events: The Ultimate Go-to Guide for Special Days, Weeks, and Months.” In PC (pre-computer) days, many reference searches were happily resolved with Chase’s 4,000 birthdays, 1,400 anniversaries, 650 world-wide holidays, and much more date-related information. 638 more words