May 2014

I should have posted this ages ago but it’s better late than never, I suppose! Although this blog will still retain its emphasis on women’s history, I also really enjoy sharing more about my actual real life here too so am going to post a bit more about that in future. Anyway, May was a bit of a blinder of a month so I thought I’d kick off with some choice highlights via the wonders of Instagram and my gin fuddled memories. Let’s go! May kicked off with the completely amazing Georgian sleepover at Hampton Court Palace, which I enjoyed […]

The SS Great Britain after dark

As the more observant among you may have noticed, I mostly seem to feature museums and historical events in the London area. We do have the occasional interesting stuff going on here in Bristol as well, but I think that if I couldn’t get to London this blog would probably die a very quick death as we’re not particularly blessed with cool historical events over this way. HOWEVER, there are a few things in Bristol that make my history loving heart beat just a little faster and the jewel of them all is the SS Great Britain, which can be […]

The Libertine

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, Huysmans, Private Collection. Photo: my own. Today marks the 384th birthday of one of my most favourite British kings, Charles II and what more fitting way could there be to commemorate it than with a review of the play The Libertine, which I saw last night at Bristol’s iconic Old Vic theatre and which focusses on the fall from grace of Charles’ most infamous and charismatic courtier, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester. Like a lot of impressionable goth adolescent girls, I developed quite a hefty crush on Milord Rochester back in the day […]

Jane Eyre at Bristol Old Vic

“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you, – and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!” – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, 1847. One of my resolutions for this year was to go to the theatre more often as I absolutely love it but seem to have fallen out of the […]