Public engagement


Details of media content and work for schools by the Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers project team.

Last revised 7 February 2024.





Schools materials

In collaboration with educational consultant Lucy Toop and David Caunce of Manchester-based graphic design agency Imagine, the project team has produced a set of classroom resources about the correspondence between Mary Hamilton and the future George IV. These resources aim:

  • to support teachers of students studying English Language and Literature at GCSE and A-level by offering students enhanced insights into eighteenth-century language, courtship, letters and society
  • to generate reflection and conversation within the classroom about gender, power and language in the workplace
  • to open the door for school visits and workshops from a member of the project team, who can offer students a taste of university-level study and give them an insight into the research process that enabled a reassessment of the relationship between Mary and George.

The materials will be rolled out over 2024, with support from a generous grant from the University of York's Impact Priming Fund. Watch this space for more details!