May 2018: The text of the four volumes is nearly complete

Preparing Mary Hardy and her World for publication is getting on well. Almost all the text and editorial annotations are complete. Well over one thousand black-and-white illustrations are chosen and captioned, together with 184 colour plates. The dustjackets are designed, and the eight endpaper maps finished. At the time The Diary of Mary Hardy was continue reading

14 April 2018 at UEA: Brewers’ creation of country estates

Why did comparatively few Norfolk brewers form gentry estates in the late 18th and early 19th centuries? What difficulties did they face? And what were the various means they adopted to enhance the setting in which they lived? These are some of the questions Margaret Bird will hope to answer in her talk as Honorary President continue reading

28 July 2017: 3½ volumes of commentary are completed; and the latest talk on an unknown architect

Three and a half of the four volumes of commentary entitled Mary Hardy and her World 1773–1809 are now complete. Only a few hundred pages remain to be set and illustrated before publication. In the four years since The Diary of Mary Hardy was published Margaret Bird has set and illustrated 2300 pages of commentary. continue reading

23 July 2017, Holt Festival Fringe: Margaret Bird’s talk at the Kings Head, Letheringsett, Holt on the architect William Mindham

Would you like to know more about the very fine architect, William Mindham (1771–1843), who practised in the Holt area for almost the whole of his working life? His houses, industrial buildings, chapels and one of his bridges are seen by thousands every day, yet their designer and builder goes unrecognised. It is unusual to be able continue reading

8 Mar. 2017: Mary Hardy features on Wikipedia main page for International Women’s Day

Mary Hardy led the short items on the Wikipedia main page today in the ‘Did you know?’ section. Her full-colour portrait by James Gabriel Huquier drew the eye to her feature, which formed part of the Wiki commemoration of International Women’s Day:               In a few words the piece continue reading

Canada, 4 Jan. 2017: Photos of the mourning ring for Mary Hardy’s uncle dated 1789

A Canadian descendant of Mary Hardy’s aunt and uncle, Grace and Thomas Raven, has sent photographs of the mourning ring made for them in 1789. They lived in Horningtoft, the neighbouring village to Whissonsett, in central Norfolk, where the diarist was brought up. They died in 1775 and 1789 at Horningtoft Hall, the manor house (now continue reading

June 2016: Three of the four ‘World’ volumes are completed

Since publication of the Diary volumes in April 2013 work has continued on preparing the four volumes of commentary and analysis relating to Mary Hardy, her circle and the world they inhabited. Three have now been completed in summer 2016. Together these three volumes total more than 1900 pages, plus many pages of colour plates for each volume. continue reading

March 2016: Mary Hardy with the maltsters and brewers in the USA

Mary Hardy has caught the imagination of a professional maltster in Massachusetts. Andrea Stanley has been studying the diary for many months as part of her mission to bring current practice into harmony with the craft of the past: ‘to bring the malthouse back’. Re-enactments in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia On 19 March 2016 Andrea Stanley teamed up continue reading

20 Oct. 2015: Podcasts of academic talks setting Mary Hardy in a wider context

Podcasts of talks given by Margaret Bird in which she sets Mary Hardy’s diary in its wider context are available. All three are illustrated using the slides shown at the talks. You can access them from the page on the top bar, ‘Podcasts’.

6 June 2015: Margaret Bird wins a national award for research and publication

Margaret Bird, currently working on the four volumes of commentary and analysis to be entitled Mary Hardy and her World, has won a national award for research which will feature in those volumes. Her 15,000-word study ‘Supplying the beer’ has been judged the overall winner in the long-articles category by the British Association for Local History (BALH). It continue reading