Feedback from a reader, Dec. 2016: “Reading Mary Hardy’s diaries was one of the best things I did in 2016”

Margaret Bird, editor of The Diary of Mary Hardy, received this Christmas card from the United States in December 2016: “Dear Margaret, It was such a pleasure to correspond with you this past year. Reading Mary Hardy’s diaries was one of the best things I did in 2016! It is such a treasure, and your work, continue reading

6 June 2015: National award for research based on Mary Hardy’s diary

A study of distribution by road has been announced as the overall winner, in the ‘long articles’ category, at the annual awards ceremony of the British Association for Local History (BALH). ‘Supplying the beer’ Margaret Bird’s 15,000-word article was published in 2014 in The Glaven Historian, the journal of the Blakeney Area Historical Society (no. 14, pp. 2–29). Entitled continue reading

Praise for the Diary volumes in a long academic book review

‘One of the most consistent, enduring and revealing primary sources of its period’. In his very detailed book review in a top historical journal a Professor of Eighteenth-Century History gives his verdict on the Burnham Press edition of the Diary of Mary Hardy. As well providing a summary of Mary Hardy’s life Emeritus Professor Grayson Ditchfield analyses the diary’s significance and continue reading

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14 Oct. 2015, Senate House, London: ‘Trust the people’: the English approach to arming and training the ‘mob’ 1779-1805

This hour-long talk is now available as a podcast. It can be freely downloaded from the Institute of Historical Research website. The accompanying slides can be accessed via the link to the PowerPoint presentation from that web page. Three of the slides are pictured on this page and on the websites for Burnham Press and Mary Hardy and continue reading

7 Oct. 2015, Wells: ‘Mary Hardy: farmer, brewer, diarist’

Margaret Bird will give a talk on Mary Hardy, farming and brewing to the Wells Local History Group on Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 7.30 pm. All are welcome. The details of the meeting at Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, are below. Vertical integration in the brewing industry Like almost all wholesale brewers in East Anglia in the continue reading

4 June 2015, Letheringsett: ‘A maltings of national importance’

Letheringsett is a small village near Holt, in north Norfolk. Despite its rural setting it was an industrial and manufacturing centre with an impressive watermill of 1798 (still powered by water and producing stoneground flour) and with a huge maltings dating from earlier that century. The maltings expert and architectural historian Amber Patrick, in a report of 1996, continue reading

13 May 2015: ‘Here for the beer’ with the Bure Navigation Conservation Trust

‘Here for the beer: Coltishall as a major brewing centre‘. Enjoy a glass of local beer at Margaret Bird’s illustrated talk on the glory days of a brewing village on the Norfolk Broads 1700–1840. Everyone is welcome at the event, to be held at Coltishall on Wednesday 13 May 2015 at 7.30 pm. You can find continue reading

24 Mar. 2015: Training children for working life in the 18th century

This hour-long talk is now available as a podcast, with slides. On 20 September 2015, six months after the talk, an Australian living in Port Phillip, near Melbourne, posted his reactions to the podcast: “Backdoor Broadcasting has a wonderful archive of UK academic podcasts on a wide range of topics. I enjoyed listening to historian Margaret continue reading

7 Oct. 2014, Ludham: Keels and wherries in the 18th century

Margaret Bird will give an illustrated talk on ‘Keels and wherries in the 18th century‘ at Ludham Village Hall, on the Norfolk Broads, on Tuesday 7 October 2014 at 7.15 pm. More details are given below about this event, which is being hosted by the Norfolk Wherry Trust. The iconic wherry The Norfolk trading wherry continue reading