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About The Event
Evelyn, Pepys and Greenwich: an introduction to varied worlds of two 17th century gentleman administrators of the Royal Navy
Greenwich has been home to remarkable people over the centuries, who have played a key role in our national story. This is a short introduction to two of the most famous individuals in English history, John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys, and their varied interests in and connection to Greenwich. John Evelyn served at the Sick and Hurt Board, while Pepys worked as the Secretary of the Navy Board, particularly at the Seaman’s Hospital in Greenwich. However, like many of their contemporaries, Evelyn and Pepys where interested in many more subjects than Naval administration and finance.
This panel event will look at some lesser-known aspects of the careers of these two men. For example, John Evelyn was a keen collector of books, and had a particular interest in cookery. Samuel Pepys, another bibliophile – and, of course, world-famous diarist – was also a key member of the Tangier Committee, overseeing the establishment of an English colony in North Africa.
Three speakers, Dr Chris Ware, Dr Sara Pennell and Dr Michael Talbot, will give a short but in-depth tour of the varying aspects of these two individuals’ interests, and how they resonate here at Greenwich as well as with wider world.
This event will be held in room 11_0004, University of Greenwich, 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich. This is a FREE public talk but all attendees are required to register for their free ticket.