GPP Coffee Break

Join Georgian Papers Programme scholar Angel-Luke O’Donnell for an online version of the popular GPP Coffee Break series at King’s College London.

Join us on March 4, 2022, at 5:00 pm GST (noon ET) for a presentation by award-winning fashion historian, curator, and journalist Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell titled “‘High Heads’: Hair, Politics, and Power at the Georgian Court.”

In the late Georgian period, elaborate headdresses—constructed at great expense over periods of hours—played a critical role in court etiquette and female self-expression as well as fashion. My research examines the life and work of J. B. Suardy (sometimes spelled “Suardi” or “Sonardi” but usually rendered as “Swarthy”), who held the position of hairdresser to Queen Charlotte, and his contemporaries.

About the series

The Georgian Papers Programme (GPP) coffee breaks are an informal opportunity for researchers throughout the world to gather together virtually to discuss ongoing projects. Each session features a short presentation from a GPP researcher followed by open discussion of the project, suggestions for related material, or general conversation about the archives and research. The presenters in these events are often in the early stages of their project and the coffee breaks aim to facilitate the exchange of knowledge about both the materials in Windsor as well as other repositories throughout the world.

We limit the size of these events to 40 participants in order to encourage discussion among and between participants. No recordings are made of the discussions and no tweeting or posting on other social media platforms during the event is permitted in order to create a trusted working environment for developing projects.



An Introduction to Online Resources at MESDA

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) at Old Salem Museums & Gardens has been an important contributor to American material culture studies for over fifty years. Primary to the museum’s research initiatives are its databases recording craftspeople working in the early South and the objects they made. Both the MESDA Object Database and MESDA Craftsman Database are available online for free. This workshop with Gary Albert and Kim May will introduce MESDA databases and provide tips for using objects to tell the stories of people who often do not have a voice in the traditional historic narrative.

Gary Albert is the Director of Research for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem. He has written on early American decorative arts for scholarly publications, edited significant books on American material culture, and presented on the topic at numerous conferences and forums across the country.

Kim May is the Manager of the MESDA Research Center at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. She also serves as the assistant editor for the museum’s scholarly publication, the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts.