A poet, his wife, and “the ugliest of all possible kept mistresses”. In the second instalment of a series on the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Hayley Papers, Lisa Gee introduces an eighteenth-century love triangle. William Hayley married his first wife, Eliza, on the rebound. When it turned out that she couldn’t bear to be touched, they brought another woman into their marriage…. Read full article
William Hayley (1745-1820) is a neglected figure whose influence on literary and cultural history is now being recognised. But who was he? Dr Lisa Gee has been researching and cataloguing the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Hayley Papers. The Fitzwilliam Museum holds the world’s largest collection of manuscript material relating to William Hayley (1745-1820). But who was he? A largely unknown figure today,… Read full article
2018 is the centenary of the death of WW I Army medic, Dr Moysey, University of Cambridge graduate and donor to the Sedgwick Museum. Dr Moysey was a keen amateur palaeontologist with published papers on the fossils he collected and researched to his name. Tragically, Dr Moysey lost his life when the hospital ship he was sailing on was torpedoed in the Bristol Channel.