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Lawrence's auction with some Coleridge items

There is a Lawrence's auction on 6 September with some interesting Coleridge items. They include some rather worn Watchman pages, an British Neptune, a Notebooks set, and an early 19th-century envelope containing some of Coleridge's hair.
The link to the online catalogue can be viewed at


Through Mountains to the Sea: John Scanlon on a Romantic poets' quest along the Lake District A66

In 'Through Mountains to the Sea' (Places journal), John Scanlan travels the A66 through Cumbria, from the Lake District that was transformed from a spectacle of ‘holy terror’ to a tourist destination under the influence of the Romantic poets, to the post-industrial coastal towns of Workington and Whitehaven. 'To drive the A66 is to pass between worlds', he explains, 'from the apparently eternal mountains to the dynamic industrial coast - from the sublime to the subliminal'.

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The Humphry Davy Notebooks Project has just launched

The Davy Notebooks Project has just launched on Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research.

Sir Humphry Davy (1778-1829) was one of the most significant and famous figures in the scientific and literary culture of early nineteenth-century Britain, Europe, and America. Davy’s scientific accomplishments include: conducting pioneering research into the physiological effects of nitrous oxide (often called ‘laughing gas’); isolating seven chemical elements (magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, strontium, barium, and boron) and establishing the elemental status of chlorine and iodine; inventing a miners’ safety lamp; developing the electrochemical protection of the copper sheeting of Royal Navy vessels; conserving the Herculaneum papyri; and writing an influential text on agricultural chemistry. Davy was also a poet, moving in the same literary circles as Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and William Wordsworth.

The notebooks selected for this pilot run of the Davy Notebooks Project reveal how Davy’s mind worked and how his thinking developed. Containing details of his scientific experiments, poetry, geological observations, travel accounts, and personal philosophy, Davy's notebooks present us with a wide range of fascinating insights. Many of the pages of these notebooks have never been transcribed before. By transcribing these notebooks, we will find out more about the young Davy, his life, and the cultures and networks of which he was part.

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If you have any questions, please send them to, or post them on our Zooniverse Talk boards. Project updates will be posted to our Twitter account:

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'Coleridge and the Natural World' - AN UNMISSABLE HALSWAY AUTUMN STUDY WEEKEND this September

Coleridge combined an extraordinary sensitivity to the natural world, the sensuous intelligence of a great poet, and a restless desire to know and understand the living order that we inhabit.

In its unique combination of lectures, seminars and participatory discussion, this year's Autumn Study Weekend will explore the astonishing range and depth of Coleridge's lifelong engagement with nature, both physical and metaphysical, scientific and poetic, in the company of leading scholars and writers.

Its setting at Halsway Manor, nestled in the Quantock Hills, is the perfect place to spend time with Coleridge and his 'wild-wood' ways, 'Through open glade, dark glen, and secret dell'.

Click here to view the details of the program of lectures and Saturday evening entertainment, and to download the registration form.

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New ‘Coleridge and Wordsworth in the Quantocks’ 12-page booklet, by Terence Sackett

I have just written and designed my third Coleridge-related 12-page booklet ‘Coleridge and Wordsworth in the Quantocks’.

It is intended for walkers and visitors to Nether Stowey and Quantock country. Attached is an A4-size PDF that you can download for free.

I will be having a considerable quantity printed as a reduced size A5 booklet for distribution to tourist information centres, the Quantock Hills AONB, Exmoor Park Authority centres, local libraries, galleries and museums, and other tourist destinations. They will be available free, and I am very grateful to both the Quantock Hills AONB and the Friends of Coleridge for financing the printing.

Click here to download the PDF.

Visit the Nether Stowey page under the ‘Coleridge Places’ tab on the Friends of Coleridge website to download my two previous booklets: ‘A walk round Nether Stowey in 1797 with Samuel Taylor Coleridge’ and ‘Thomas Poole’.

Terence Sackett, The Friends of Coleridge

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