Letters shape the plot of many novels of the Regency period, such as Captain Wentworth's letter at the end of "Persuasion". This hour long lecture (10:30am - 11:30am), accompanied by a slideshow of original artwork and artifacts and a hands-on display will explore the writing pedagogy of the Regency including writing companions and letter manuals, the different styles of handwriting and their associations, the material culture of writing including inkwells, paper, ink, pens, seals, and post office stamps, and the social context of writing literacy and for men and women of different classes.
Writing Workshop (additional fee, 12:30pm - 3:00pm): Following a brief break for lunch (on your own), this hands-on workshop will let participants try their hands at different aspects of writing in the Regency, including cutting a quill pen, practicing letters in a copybook with quill and iron gall ink, and writing, 'locking', and sealing a letter. Registration for the workshop portion of this event will only be available to RSV members through June 14. Space in the workshop is limited, to so be certain to reserve your spot by registering now!
Our lecturer and workshop leader, R. B. Bartgis, is an annual participant at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, a conservator technician at a national institution, and public historian who gives living history presentations and workshops relating to the material culture of literacy at museums, historic sites, and colleges throughout the eastern U.S.