London Calling! Open City, London, 1500-1700
  Open City: London, 1500-1700  
Museum Outing at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Join Cantab DC in our next museum outing as we explore the rich and unique history of London from 1500-1700.

Interested members will congregate at the entrance to the Folger Shakespeare Library on August 11, 2012 at 11:00AM. We have arranged for a private tour of the Folger Library, including the London exhibit. Entrance is free. After the viewing of the exhibit we will continue on to a nearby restaurant for an informal luncheon for whoever would like to attend. The luncheon will be a separate checks event.

Please email if you are interested in attending so that an appropriate reservation may be made.

This limited-time exhibit is only on display in Washington until September 30, so come to the Cantab outing before it is too late! Directions are available online. Members and their guests of all ages are welcome!


About the Exhibit "Open City: London, 1500-1700"

Over the course of two centuries, London changed from the capital of England, secure within its medieval walls, to a metropolitan seat of empire. Its population grew tenfold. Some urban developments were spurred by the dissolution of the monasteries, a royal decree that was both politically and religiously motivated. Also reshaping the city were natural tragedies, like repeated bouts of the plague or the Great Fire of 1666 that destroyed more than 13,000 homes, 86 churches, and over 400 acres in the heart of the city. Such events had a significant impact on the built environment, opening up spaces for repurposing.

Open City explores activities and pressures that altered Londoners’ sense of community, focusing especially on three types of institutions that touched everyday lives: church, theater, and market. Drawing on materials as disparate as deeds, diaries, engravings, and maps, Open City illustrates the impact of new ideas, new products, and new people in this rapidly growing capital city.


About the Folger

Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art, the Folger serves a wide audience of researchers, visitors, teachers, students, families, and theater- and concert-goers.

The Folger is a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare and on the early modern age in the West. Its conservation lab is a leading innovator in the preservation of rare materials. Its well-known public programs include plays, concerts, literary readings, family activities, and exhibitions, as well as numerous K-12 and college programs for students and teachers. Advanced scholars participate in a variety of Folger Institute seminars and colloquia.

The Folger also publishes the illustrated, completely re-edited Folger Editions of Shakespeare's plays, award-winning exhibition catalogs, and the journal Shakespeare Quarterly.


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Event Information
Saturday, Aug 11 2012 at 11:00am [ iCal ]
Folger Shakespeare Library
East 201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003 USA