British Library exhibition discloses life in Georgian times

LONDON, Nov. 8 — The British Library opened an exhibition Friday which provided an insight into life in the 18th and 19th century, known as the Georgian era.
With over 200 objects, the exhibition, Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain, aimed to explore how that period left a legacy for people in the country today.
“This exhibition celebrates the 300-year anniversary of George I’s accession, spanning from the beginning of his reign all the way through to George IV,” said Evie Jeffreys with the British Library.
To many people, the period from 1714 to 1830 was relatively less known. “We know a lot about Tudor and Victorian period, but actually we have so many hobbies like tea drinking, going to theaters, dancing, etc. started from this period,” she said.
The period witness the Seven Year’s War and the Battle of Trafalgar, and Britain grew and prospered with transport system improved, design and fashion flourished, and a growing middle class of merchants and professionals helping to shape modern Britain.
“We are showing off the Library’s unbeatable 18th and 19th century printed collections, from everyday throw away adverts, tickets and receipts, to gargantuan and exquisitely illustrated books that King George III himself would have treasured,” said Dr. Moira Goff, lead curator of the exhibition.
It offers people a chance to see the first ever British fashion magazines and learn about Britian’s first celebrity scandal. People loved reading at that time, when writer Jane Austen appeared. Her writing desk was among the exhibits as well.
In fact, in Austen’s novels, one could also get a glimpse of the Georgian life, like serious dancing, as sociability was central to people’s life then. Music was widely loved too. An example was a violin from Jeremy Bentham, a British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer.
The exhibition, running until March 11 next year, was the first in a year-long series of celebrations across Britain and Germany. “We hope visitors will enjoy the exhibition’s playful atmosphere and make the connections between then and now that really bring the period to life,” said Goff.[db:内容2]

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