Swansea Academics share their experiences of transcribing conversations between Elizabeth Montagu and Hester Thrale

Professor Caroline Franklin and PhD candidate Jack Orchard give a Historical Association (Swansea Branch) Public Lecture.

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Montagu - ThraleOn 19 March at the Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Professor Caroline Franklin and Jack Orchard (both Department of English Literature and Language at Swansea University) delivered a lecture entitled 'Fiddle” and “Fidget”:  the Friendship of Elizabeth Montagu and Hester Thrale'.

The lecture was connected to the Elizabeth Montagu project, which is based in the English Language and Literature Department (Swansea University).  At the lecture, crowdsourcing a tranche of their transcribing was trialled by asking Historical Association members to help transcribe 35 letters from Elizabeth Montagu to Welsh bluestocking writer, Hester Thrale Piozzi. The lecture was based on the letters they transcribed.

Following the lecture, Professor Franklin and Jack Orchard were also invited to give a talk to the University of the Third Age Social History group.  On 19th May they will deliver another talk to U3A and a workshop on transcribing some of these 18C letters.

Further information on the Elizabeth Montagu project, or the forthcoming lecture, contact Professor Caroline Franklin (c.franklin@swansea.ac.uk).  

Professor Caroline Franklin is Director of the Centre for Research into Gender and Society [GENCAS] at Swansea University; and Principal Investigator of an AHRC-funded project to edit the correspondence of Elizabeth Montagu. 

Jack Orchard is a PhD candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University.