The website for Dr Sarah Comyn’s Irish Research Council-funded project, ‘A New Reading Public’, is now live. Please follow the progress of her fascinating research on mechanics’ institutes on the Victorian Goldfields here:
Dr Comyn’s first two blog posts provide a look at the devastation caused to mechanics’ institute libraries by fire and a mapping of the transnational lecture series of David Blair:
Dr Comyn will continue to investigate MI lecturers, committee members, and library catalogues and books. Stay tuned for more blog posts, publications, and news on her book-length study of mechanics’ institutes in nineteenth-century Victoria and beyond.