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Gresham’s World

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Global Traffic, Trade, and the Metamorphosis of England

A Gresham Lecture by Professor Nandini Das

Global trade and traffic, many of Gresham’s contemporaries would say, had altered sixteenth-century England beyond recognition, from its food, fashion, and language, to the look and feel of its cities and neighbourhoods. How did its subjects respond to this transformation?

Using contemporary print and theatre, this lecture will discuss how England and Englishness was defined, even as the boundaries between the home and the world became increasingly diffuse.

Nandini Das is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She is an expert on Renaissance literature and cultural history, with a special emphasis on travel and cross-cultural encounters between Europe and Asia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Professor Das has published widely in the fields of travel writing, transculturality, and early modern literary studies.

No reservations are required for this free lecture, which takes place in the lecture hall of the Museum of London. It is run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Details of Lecture

Gresham College was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham, and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years. It was the first ‘university’ in England besides Oxford and Cambridge, making it London’s oldest higher education institution still in existence today. It does not enrol any students, and awards no degrees.

The College has been recording its lectures since the 1980s and there are now over 1,900 lectures freely available online in text, audio or video formats. The provision of this free online archive of lectures aligns with its founding principles of accessible free education for all.


February 6
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Gresham College


Museum of London
150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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