Rosemary O’Day; Vanessa Wilkie; Anna McEvoy
7pm, Sat 6 Nov, 2021
Live talk via Zoom; SOLD OUT
Stowe House and its Archive parted ways in the early 20th century, with the papers, tracking hundreds of years of the estate’s history, and the stories of the people living there, becoming part of the collection of the Huntington Library in California.
Tonight, via the power of Zoom, we pull together three experts: Anna McEvoy, of Stowe House Preservation Trust; Dr Vanessa Wilkie, curator of the Stowe Papers at the Huntington Library, and Professor Rosemary O’Day, an academic who has researched the Temple family and its lifestyle prior to 1697 via the Temple Family Papers at the Huntington Library. We promise you a unique event.
Anna will take us on a tour through the state rooms of Stowe House looking at the restoration that has been accomplished over the last 20 years, and how research at the Huntington Library has allowed Stowe House Preservation Trust to achieve this.
Dr. Wilkie will tell the story of how this collection came to California, share highlights and stories from the archive, and explain how diverse researchers use the materials today.
Rosemary O’Day (aka Rosemary Englander) is Emeritus Professor of History at The Open University. She taught there for over forty years. Rosemary has written many books, including An Elite Family in Early Modern England: The Temples of Stowe and Burton Dassett, 1570-1656. She is currently editing a substantial selection of the Temple Family Papers from the Huntington Library for the Buckinghamshire Record Society. Rosemary lives in Buckinghamshire with two of her three sons.
Dr. Vanessa Wilkie curates Huntington Library’s renowned collections of medieval manuscripts and British History. She earned her Ph.D. in British history from the University of California at Riverside and was visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Redlands before coming to The Huntington in 2013. Her research focuses on aristocratic mother-daughter relationships in early modern England, and she has published on female editorial practices and death rituals. Wilkie has curated two library exhibitions: “Magna Carta: Law & Legend” and “The Reformation: From the Word to the World.” She currently serves on the advisory committee for the arts initiative /five.
Anna McEvoy came to Stowe in 2005, originally as the only member of staff of Stowe House Preservation Trust – we now have a small house opening team and 60 volunteers. I undertake the restoration research, help to manage the restoration projects and building maintenance programme, and manage the archive and collection. Working along side Stowe School and the National Trust Landscape Gardens, Stowe is a dynamic and beautiful place that I never grow tired of.
This Zoom talk will not be recorded.