An Eighteenth-Century Love Triangle?

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

Dancing Together at the Museum

What happens if we bring our bodies to the museum … along with our heads and hearts? An experiment at the Fitzwilliam Museum, as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2018,  looked at this disconnect by inviting older people,  young children and their parents to come together and to do just this through an invitation to dance – with art…. Read full article

Who was William Hayley?

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