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Samuel Pepys: His Library & The Enlightenment

Event Information

  • 4 Sep 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: $15 SMSA or Royal Society Members / $20 Non-members

Portrait of Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys was a hugely able man — founder of the administration of the Royal English navy, Governor of Christ’s Hospital, Member of Parliament and friend of many of the great men of his day. He was also a member and a President of the Royal Society, taking part in its weekly meetings with huge enjoyment and enrichment of his knowledge of the world about him. But he is most famous for being one of the worlds world’s great diarists.

Join Susannah Fullerton for a fascinating talk on Pepys and his love of learning, and the first talk from The Enlightenment Series,a lecture program co-hosted by the SMSA and the Royal Society of NSW.

Susannah will talk about Pepys’ extraordinary library, now housed at Magdalen College, Cambridge, his passion for buying books, his contribution to the arts and sciences of his day, and his part in the burgeoning Enlightenment. She will also tell the incredible story of his Diary, writing that shared unique insight into life at the time, and contained eyewitness accounts of historical events, such as the Great Plague of London and the Great Fire of London, and how it finally came to be published.