Thanks to the Printing Historical Society, I was able to spend a week in the British Library researching Sheffield’s Hartshead Press at the end of the eighteenth century. Since this was my first time using the British Library for primary research, I kept a diary on my blog. 


Part 1. Monday 6th August: Arriving in London/Introducing the Hartshead Press

* Printing Historical Society Small Grant Scheme * Introducing New Essay Collection: Print Culture, Agency and Regional Identity During the Handbill Era * Eighteenth-Century Sheffield Newspapers * James Montgomery and Joseph Gales * Ambitions of this Blog Series*


Part 2. Tuesday 7th August: Welcome to the British Library

* Queue and Bag Search * Reader Registration * Reader’s Pass * Cloak Room and Reading Room Requirements * Eighteenth-Century Working Press * Using Rare Books and Music * Using ‘My Reading Room Requests’ * Accessing Restricted Items *


Part 3. Wednesday 8th August: My Research Process

* Setting Research Goals and Parametres * Sheffield Local Studies Library and University of Sheffield Special Collections * English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) * Eighteenth-Century Collections Online * National Archives * Cataloguing Adverts * Using a Spreadsheet * Using Google Drive to Link Notes and Images *


Part 4. Thursday 9th August: My Findings Thus Far

* Gales, Learned Groups and Dissenting Societies * Friends of Freedom, Justice and Humanity * Promoting Local Poetry * The Press and “Political” Material * Adverts in the Sheffield Register * Locke on Government * Edward Goodwin’s An Account of Sheffield *


Part 5. Friday 10th August: Things to Do When the Library is Closed

* British Library Opening Times * The Empty Tube * An Evening Stroll on the Thames * Sausage Roll at the Founders Arms * Wonder Woman 1984 in Regents Park * Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn * James Cook: The Voyages * Bang Bang Vietnamese Canteen * The Phantom of the Opera * Buttons Coffee House Today * Houseman Books * Piebury Corner * Research Conclusions * Top Five Tips for Using the British Library *


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