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Schneider Von Groot's Christmas Dream (1885)

Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 17:20

Born of the temperance movement, this poem dramatises the ills of drinking schnapps, through one man’s bloody battle with thousands of intoxicated demons.


Rambling Reflections: On Summers in Switzerland and Sheffield

Tuesday 11 December 2018 at 17:37

In the footsteps of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Karl Philipp Moritz — from the peace of Lake Biel to the rugged Peaks — Seán Williams considers the connection between walking and writing.


Hokusai's Ghost Stories (ca. 1830)

Tuesday 11 December 2018 at 16:37

Hokusai's five ghoulish prints for the series Hyaku Monogatari [One Hundred Ghost Stories].


Photographs of (models of) the moon (1874)

Thursday 6 December 2018 at 19:03

James Nasymth's images of intricate models of the lunar surface.


The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man (1750)

Wednesday 28 November 2018 at 17:01

Proto science fiction fantasy romance of an English castaway and a remote race of flying humans.


Polychrome Woodblocks of Itō Jakuchū Birds

Tuesday 27 November 2018 at 18:26

Meiji era copies (ca. 1900) of original designs by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800), a Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period notable for his striking modern aesthetic.


Anecdotes of Animals (1905)

Tuesday 20 November 2018 at 18:17

Book featuring a hundred real or real-ish tales of ingenious, loyal or otherwise extraordinary animals.


Mesmerising Science: The Franklin Commission and the Modern Clinical Trial

Tuesday 20 November 2018 at 16:39

Benjamin Franklin, magnetic trees, and erotically-charged séances — Urte Laukaityte on how a craze for sessions of "animal magnetism" in late 18th-century Paris led to the randomised placebo-controlled and double-blind clinical trials we know and love today.


Nineteenth-Century Textspeak

Tuesday 13 November 2018 at 18:17

Poems from the Victorian era and before which anticipated 21st-century textspeak.


Landscapes of the Western Front, 1914–1918

Thursday 8 November 2018 at 16:12

Photographs for official army panoramas that offer, a century after their strategic function has passed, an unusual and haunting portrait of WW1.