When British M.P. Tom Driberg started writing a gossip column in the Daily Express in 1928 he chose the nom de plume ‘William Hickey’. Later… Read More »Would the real William Hickey please stand up?
In 1794 William Hall, Richard’s eldest son, decided to sever the partnership he had with Richard. Both had been involved in the haberdashery business conducted… Read More »The Orrery – a model of the planets in motion
Challenged to think of a female scientist in the Georgian era I struggled to get beyond Caroline Herschel, about whom I have already blogged. Checking… Read More »Laura Bassi, a woman who succeeded in a man’s world: physics.
One of the things I like most about the Eighteenth Century is an awareness that ‘there walked giants’ – men and women who made a… Read More »Henry Maudslay (1771-1831) the engineer who made possible a revolution
Happy birthday Foxy Talbot! William Henry Fox Talbot (born 11 February 1800, died 17 September 1877)
Tomorrow marks the birthday of William Henry Fox Talbot, 212 years ago. He was the only child of William Davenport Talbot… Read More »Happy birthday Foxy Talbot! William Henry Fox Talbot (born 11 February 1800, died 17 September 1877)
Writing a short while after the event, 21 year old Richard Hall wrote: “An Earthquake felt in London Thursday February 8th 1750 about half after… Read More »And did the earth move for Fanny Hill? An earthquake, February 8th, 1750
“Seldom has any man held so many offices and accomplished so little.” Well, it does seem a trifle unfair on the Fourth Earl of Sandwich… Read More »The Rt. Hon. Fourth Earl of Sandwich 1718 – 1792. The man, the meal, the myth.