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Pue’s recommendations for September

6 September 2010

Juliana Adelman So autumn is upon us, but the festivals are not over yet!  The Dublin Fringe Festival (11 to 26 September) has a huge and diverse programme and I managed to find a few items with a historical angle.  ‘World’s End Lane‘ at The Lab in Foley Street revives the Monto (Dublin’s extinct red-light district) and ‘From the Heart’ promises ‘whispers of histories’ in a Georgian mansion (13 North Great George’s St).  I just finished a great historical novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, which I am recommending to all and sundry.  I have nothing to say about it except that it is a wonderful book and if you like it you can busy yourself for the winter by reading Mitchell’s back list.  Finally, two electronic recommendations:  I just discovered the palaeography  online tutorial provided by the National Archives in the UK and it is fantastic: an example of a really well thought out and useful public web resource.  Have you seen the Book Depository ‘live’?  You can watch people buy books on a big map.  This is far more compelling than it sounds.

Lisa Marie Griffith Culture night 2010 takes place on Friday 24th of September. It has expanded even further and is taking place in 20 towns and cities across Ireland. To discover what is happening in your locality you can click here. I just picked up a copy of Amanda Vickery’s Behind Closed Doors: At home in Georgian England which has recently come out in a lovely paperback edition. It set me back just 13.20 euro in Hodges Figgis- bargain! If you are located in the capital then I would recommend checking out the Tales of Medeival Dublin: lunchtime lecture series which are being hosted by the Friends of Medieval Dublin and Dublin City Council at the Wood Quay venue of the Civic Offices. This month, Tuesday 21 September at 1.05, Aine Foley is talking about the ‘Outlaw’s Tale’. If you missed the previous lectures they are available at the Friends of Medeival Dublin site.

Tina Morin While everyone else was away at Electric Picnic this past weekend, I was looking forward to the Temple House Festival, running from 10-12 September in Ballymote, Co. Sligo. Significantly less expensive than other festivals of its ilk, the festival features The Sawdoctors, Damien Dempsey, and the Odd Socks Revival, among many others. Well worth a look, if not a visit! Something else well worth a visit this month (or, indeed, until it closes in the Spring 2011), is the National Library of Ireland’s exhibition, Power and Privilege: Photographs of the Big House in Ireland, 1858-1922. On in the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, the exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives, activities, and sites of a culture on the brink and in the midst of incredible social upheaval.

Kevin O’Sullivan Sometimes when I sit down to write these pointers for the coming month, I’m bursting with ideas to fill this short space. This – thankfully for my still-on-holiday brain – just happens to be one of those days. If you click on nothing else on Pue’s today, you must view this amazing collection of thirty-four colour photographs of the people and places of the Russian Empire, taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) between 1909 and 1912. Simply incredible – have a look at number 31, a stunning photograph of a family of Nomadic Kirghiz on the Golodnaia Steppe. From there, and just for the fun of it, have a look at this website for the book, or, more accurately, bookshelf addict. Finally, on a week’s jaunt to the north-west of our island, I had the chance to visit the wonderful Glebe House in Co. Donegal, the beautifully preserved former home of the artist Derek Hill, filled with originals from Picasso, Renoir, Le Brocquy, Osborne and lots more, all left in situ when Hill handed the house over to the state in 1980. Next time you’re near Glenveagh National Park, drop in for the tour – hugely interesting, and made all the more so by a brilliant tour guide and nice price (€3 – thank you OPW).

Review: A History of Private Life

10 October 2009

Contributed by Léan Ní Chléirigh

Amanda VickeryKevin O’ Sullivan’s recent rage against ‘diet history, history zero, history free,’ highlights the problem broadcasters face every day when trying to provide sincere, interesting history to an audience which claims to like history yet puts on the kettle or worse, CSI, at the mention of two or more dates in the same five minutes. Channel 4 has opted for the already-famous-presenter-but-not-historian, Kevin McCloud, who adds in his own bizarre analogies between the Medici and ‘Dynasty’. Another tack is to go for a ‘cool,’ young historian who has done the research themselves but finds it a bit too exciting, (bordering on arousing) and pitch it with a dose of jingoism which informs without challenging, see Bettany Hughes and Tristram Hunt. BBC Radio 4 has another plan. It takes an internationally respected historian, gives them 400 years and lets them loose. But here’s the clever part, each programme tackles a compact subject and lasts only fifteen minutes. ‘A History of Private Life’ is born.

Amanda Vickery, a high profile and respected historian of gender and social history from Royal Holloway University of London, is supremely qualified to write and present this series which ‘reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years.’ Her research, and therefore the series, relies heavily on the letters and diaries of men and women and is augmented with reference to contemporary literature, didactic works and court records as well as any other sources she can get her hands on. The result is a really good history series which manages to get the balance right, pitching it at an interested public while allowing those of us with a bit more knowledge to nod along wisely to the radio, our egos intact.

‘A History of Private Life,’ is testament to what a clever producer can achieve with a good historian. Read more