Elizabeth Montagu
and the Bluestocking Circle
         is Funded by the AHRC
 
 

Dr Williams Library, London - One Day Conference Programme

By Admin on 09-05-2016

Dissent and Philanthropy
Saturday 21 May 2016

at Dr Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR

10.00 Arrival, registration, coffee
10.25 Welcome David Wykes, Director of Dr Williams's Trust and Library

10.30-11.30 Hugh Cunningham (University of Kent), 'John Howard and the birth of philanthropy in Britain'

11.30-12.15 David Wykes (Dr Williams's Library), 'Daniel Williams, a remarkable benefactor'

12.15-1.00 Sandwich lunch and coffee

1.00-1.50 Grayson Ditchfield (University of Kent), 'Rational Philanthropy: Unitarian responses to poverty, c.1770-c.1820'

2.00- 2.50 Elizabeth Gow (The John Rylands Library), 'Enriqueta Rylands, founder of the John Rylands Library: Private devotion and public piety'

3.00-3.50 Clyde Binfield (University of Sheffield), 'The patronage of nineteenth-century Congregational Church building: The Example of Joshua Wilson'

3.50-4.30 Tea

Attendance and lunch is free but registration is essential as numbers are limited

For registration and further details please email conference@dwlib.co.uk
Dr Williams's Library 020 73873727
 
 
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Bluestocking Circle

The Bluestocking Circle was a group of writers, artists and thinkers who met in the London homes of Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Vesey and Frances Boscawen. These fashionable hostesses invented a new kind of informal sociability and nurtured a sense of intellectual community. The term "bluestocking" evolved from the scholar Benjamin Stillingfleet's decision to abandon formal evening dress and obey Vesey's call to "Come in your blue stockings." Guests included the leading literary, political and cultural figures of the day, including Elizabeth Carter, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, David and Eva Garrick and later Hannah More and Frances Burney.

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