Unsealed: The Bess of Hardwick Exhibit
Dukes and spies; queens and servants; friends and lovers all of the Elizabethan world populates the letters of Bess of Hardwick. Bess herself wrote hundreds of letters throughout her life: they were her lifeline to her travelling children and husbands, to the court at London, and to news from the world at large. And when she moved to Hardwick Hall in the final years of her life, the old countess received current news and gossip into her house through her correspondence.
Unsealed presents the world of Bess of Hardwick’s letters to the public for the first time. This exhibition lets Bess and her correspondents tell their stories in their own words. See her life, her loves, intrigue and passions unfold – visit Unsealed at Hardwick Hall.
Since this is a UK exhibit, do not despair all fellow anglophiles or mere curiousitors, six mini podcasts have been made available at http://www.bessofhardwick.org/listen
Unsealed: The Podcasts
1 The Many Faces of Bess of Hardwick (5:32)
2 Who’s Who in Bess’s Address Book (6:33)
3 Details on Lifestyle (3:55)
4 Stories from Bess’s Bedchamber (6:42)
5 A Peek into Bess’s Parcels (5:13)
Bonus podcast: Unsealed: A Look Behind the Scenes (11:53)
For more information on Bess of Hardwick Exhibit, click the University of Glasgow link below.
Unsealed was created by Dr Anke Timmermann, with support from Dr Alison Wiggins and Dr Nigel Wright (Hardwick Hall). It is funded by the AHRC, the National Trust and the University of Glasgow.
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