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How Green was Shakespeare?

February's Research Conversation

What might we learn from our Tudor ancestors about becoming greener and cleaner, and how did Elizabethan and Jacobean innovations in daily living shape the future?

Join us every month for our free online Research Conversations. Taking place on Zoom on the second Wednesday of every month, our Research Conversations provide you with the opportunity to attend free, online live sessions and listen to people who are engaged in Shakespeare-related research.

On 9 February we are joined by Tudor expert and renowned ‘method’ historian Ruth Goodman to explore how people lived between 1485 and 1603. Her recent work, ‘The Domestic Revolution’ (2020) explores the change from wood burning to coal burning in a domestic context, something that began when Shakespeare was six, and continued to surge in the years ahead.

This major shift in how we produce energy and go about our daily tasks led us out of the ‘green’ era and into the industrial fossil-fuel powered world. So, what might we usefully learn from our Tudor ancestors? How might we become greener and cleaner by following their pre-1570 example? And how did Elizabethan and Jacobean innovations in daily living shape the future?

Led by historian Ruth Goodman.

This event is part of our ‘Sustainable Shakespeare' programme of events and talks.

The event begins with a thirty minute presentation and will be followed by an open discussion. Please note this is an online event held on Zoom.


All of our Research Conversations are free, but if you are in the position where you are able to support us with a donation, no matter large or small, we would be incredibly grateful. As the independent charity dedicated to sharing Shakespeare's work, life and times with the world, we rely on the support of visitors, event attendees, donors and Friends for 98% of our income to help conserve the priceless Shakespearian heritage in our care. Thank you for your support.


Listen back: If you were unable to attend our previous virtual Research Conversations, you can catch up on our audio recordings here

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