Emeralds and Ink: Rediscovering British history

Tuesday 6 June

Lauren Working and Olivia Carpenter of the University of York invite you to reimagine and rediscover British art and literature.


From Colombian emeralds in Tudor jewellery to Black voices in 18th-century novels, Lauren Working and Olivia Carpenter from the University of York’s Department of English and Related Literature invite you to reimagine and rediscover British art and literature.

Lauren will turn to Elizabethan portraiture, focusing on its connections to Indigenous peoples and the Americas, while Olivia will discuss 18th-century Black authors, allowing us to rediscover Black British literature and history.

Along the way, Lauren and Olivia will reveal how we can find new and fascinating historical information in less obvious places and/or through overlooked perspectives, and how this information can help us to build a better present and future.

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