19.11.13 – meeting with Catherine Richardson

On the 19 November 2013, the 100 Hours team met with scholar of Renaissance Studies, Catherine Richardson in the History Department at UCL. The group had prepared by reading a chapter in Bruce Smith’s The Acoustic World of Early Modern England. With Catherine we delved into the early modern household and its tactile experiences. We discussed the difficulty of working on material histories when the materials themselves do not survive. The session provoked thoughts about distance, loss, the everyday and the intangible. As a fitting follow-up, Liz Haines presented each member of the group with an image of the ten pound note – brought about by rubbing a coin over a page – faint impressions made by contact between coin, paper, and note.

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