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An opportunity to live through a moment in time and a slice of two lives.
In the summer of 1811, botanists, Ellen Hutchins of Ballylickey, Bantry Bay, and Dawson Turner of Great Yarmouth, East Anglia, England exchanged letters covering many more topics than the plants they were identifying.
Hear their story through extracts of their letters read by performers, Karen Minihan (in West Cork) and Robin McLoughlin (in East Anglia), with introductory notes by Finola Finlay and an explanation of letter writing, the postal system, costume and customs of the day by historical re-enactor Carrie O’Flynn (in Cork City). See some period pieces relevant to the story including the type of microscope Ellen might have owned, some letters and books of Ellen’s and images of her specimens and drawings, introduced by Madeline Hutchins, researcher on Ellen and her great-great-grandniece.
This is a new online version of a highly successful live event run in the Ellen Hutchins Festival during Heritage Week in August. The Festival Team invites members of the Bantry Historical Society to join them for this Zoom event.