Three of Margaret Bird’s talks, given at academic seminars in recent years, are available as illustrated podcasts.

They contain analysis of aspects of late-18th-century English life and are tasters of the type of material that will be published in Mary Hardy and her World. They set Mary Hardy’s diary in its wider context.

Two were given at Royal Holloway’s Egham campus, and the third at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) in London University’s Senate House. All were delivered without notes or any type of written text.

Earlier talks that she gave to the IHR, on the annually-hired farm servants of rural England (‘Redeeming the time’, November 2006) and on competition between resident Anglican clergy and roving preachers (‘Spreading the heavenly contagion’, December 2009) pre-date the introduction of podcasts for the generality of IHR seminars.

Links to the podcasts

Royal Holloway, University of London, 24 Mar. 2015 (illustrated with slides; these come up automatically with the podcast):

Inculcating an appreciation of time pressure in the young: the training of children for working life in 18th-century England

The Diary website has a synopsis.

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Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Senate House, London, 14 Oct. 2015.

The podcast relates to mass mobilisation for home defence. The Diary website has a synopsis.

The slides illustrating the talk can be accessed via the link “Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation” from the IHR podcast page:

‘Trust the people’: the English approach to arming and training the ‘mob’ 1779–1805

Alternatively users can just rely on this key slide showing the structure of home defence:

IHR 2015 Trust the people

A slide from Margaret Bird’s presentation. Solid lines denote command; dotted lines denote communication. Cabinet positions are shown at the top, providing political control










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Royal Holloway, University of London, 9 Feb. 2010 (illustrated with slides; these come up automatically with the podcast):

‘A person in black, sent to you from afar’: the Evangelical clergy’s awakening of the flock in rural Norfolk 1773–1813

Apologies: this podcast is temporarily down, or may no longer be available (January 2017).