In this piece, Alex Walsham takes a single object as a focus for two questions: How do objects help us to remember? And in what ways do they also, paradoxically, facilitate forgetting? From an eighteenth century earthenware dish decorated with the exhortation 'Remember Lot's Wife' Professor Walsham unfolds the implications for our understanding of how such objects become part of our memory practice.
According to the Geneva Bible (1560), during the Exodus Moses commanded the Israelites: 'Feare ye not. Stand stil, and beholde the salvation of the Lord, which he wil shewe to you this day. The Lord shal fight for you: Therefore holde you your peace.' Although literally an exhortation to patience and passivity, in the faith that God would act, in the century after the Geneva Bible's publication this passage from Exodus increasingly became associated with calls for political, not to say violent, action.
A recent acquisition by the British Museum prompts Dr Karis Riley to consider the role of sound in post-Reformation practices of remembering and forgetting.
In November last year Remembering the Reformation held a day-long workshop in collaboration with the Fitzwilliam Museum to explore the relationship between memory and objects. The day included handling sessions at the Fitzwilliam Museum, short papers by invited speakers, and intensive discussion. The workshop concluded with a public lecture by Prof. Andrew Morrall, of the Bard Graduate Centre. In this post Dr Karis Riley takes a look back at what was a very stimulating day.
Wednesday 30th January 2019 marks the 370th anniversary of the execution of King Charles I. This event had a potent but multifaceted afterlife in the secular iconography of both Royalists and Parliamentarians. In this blog post Dr Ceri Law unpicks the layers of meaning in one of the most famous images of Charles, along with the marks left on a particular copy by later censors.
Does God remember? Does God therefore forget? If we attribute memory to God, what difficulties are entailed for our conceptions of His omniscience and omnipotence? In the first of her case studies, Dr Karis Riley addresses some of these difficulties and offers examples of early-modern responses.
When we curated our Digital Exhibition we commissioned our partner libraries to make full digitisations of some of their works, to be made available later as part of their digital library platforms. In this post Ceri Law introduces two of these exciting books — a rare coloured copy of Foxe's Acts and Monuments and the Stainton or 'wounded' missal.
In the first of our 'Object of the Month' post, Ceri Law considers a pair of eighteenth-century communion flagons and asks: Why do we — and why did people in the past — remember? And why might we, and they, seek to inscribe the memories of loved ones into objects and so fix them into our physical world?