Public engagement


Details of media content, exhibitions and classroom resources for schools deriving from the Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers project.

Last revised 11 July 2024.






  • National Trust, ‘The Botanical World of Mary Delany’, National Trust and British Museum, Beningbrough Hall 10 September 2024 – 25 March 2025, touring thereafter. [The project team provided advice to Creative Producer Laura Turner about Mary Delany’s life, letters, and bluestocking relationships. They also provided images from letters and manuscript books in Mary Hamilton’s archive which are used in the exhibition.]

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. They have been developed with support from a generous grant from the University of York's Impact Priming Fund.

These resources are designed to support the teaching of English Literature, English Language, and English Literature and Language A-levels in all the major exam boards. They can be used:

  • To contextualise students’ reading of Georgian literature, particularly their understanding of Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë’s novels;
  • To explore in their own right as a Georgian #MeToo narrative, or to use singly as unseen texts for exam practice;
  • To study as examples of eighteenth-century English;
  • To open the door for visits and/or online workshops from a member of the project team, who can offer students a taste of university-level seminar-style discussion.

The materials are now live and can be accessed for free by A-level teachers who fill in a short registration form.