This week my twitter feed has been full of historical valentines and love themed art objects, such as this ‘Lobster in Love’ valentine’s card from the Museum of London, and these digitised images from Arthur Freeling’s Flowers, Their Use and Beauty, Language and Sentiment (1857). Follow the hashtags #valentinesday #paintedlovers and #victorianvalentines to see more.
Other things that caught my eye this week:
Alun Whitley & Jennifer Evans’ call for chapters for their edited volume Framing the Face: New Perspectives on the History of Facial Hair.
This blog post on wallpaper studies, complete with introductory bibliography.
Matt Lodder’s new article ‘Things of the sea’: iconographic continuities between tattooing and handicrafts in Georgian-era maritime culture‘.
The Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection exhibition.
Stephen Etheridge’s thoughtful post on whether you can be a ‘post-doctoral researcher’ without having an official post-doctoral position.
CFP for a special issue on Gothic Studies on the ‘Nautical Gothic’.
Mary Beard muses on why more women historians aren’t best-selling authors.
This talk and pop-up exhibition on The Rise of the Literary Annual, Powerful Femininity, and Beautiful Books.
This conference on Chinese Wallpaper: Trade, Technique and Taste.
Frank Trentmann’s new book Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First.
The programme for LGBT History Month at the National Maritime Museum.
The National Archives’ creative workshop Out of the Archives: A zine workshop on 20th century women’s movements.