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Shandy Hall repairs 2023

4 January 2024

Shandy Hall repairs

During the 50th year of Shandy Hall’s existence as a museum, the Trust was grateful to the DCMS and Arts Council England for a MEND grant towards essential repairs on the Grade 1 listed building. The works are progressing well and we begin 2024 looking forward to sharing the lovely old building with our visitors […]

apple blossom Shandy Hall

22 February 2023

Shandy Hall to open in April 2023

April 2023 will be the 50th year of Shandy Hall opening as a public museum, and we will be bringing our opening date forward to April 1st this season, a month earlier than usual.

Tristram Shandy in Estonian

22 February 2023

Estonian Tristram Shandy

There is now an Estonian translation of Tristram Shandy, by Kersti Unt, which has been kindly sent for our collection. More here (in Estonian)

Tom Phillips

30 November 2022

Tom Phillips 24th May 1937 – 28th November 2022

TOM PHILLIPS 24th May 1937 – 28th November 2022 Deeply missed friend and patron of The Laurence Sterne Trust. Obituary, The Guardian 29 November 2022

origami crown and boots

5 July 2022

Locke Unlocked – A Look at John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

This display at Shandy Hall can be viewed free by appointment until 30 September. This display pays tribute to philosopher John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689) by offering a new way to explore a revered text. Six central ideas in the Essay are elucidated using (mostly) paired objects. The six vignettes show three […]

28 April 2022

Martin Rowson’s ‘The Waste Land’

2022 – The Centenary of the publication of The Waste Land, T.S Eliot’s poetic response to the aftermath of The First World War. But what does it mean? Join detective Chris Marlowe on the case, in Martin Rowson’s Raymond-Chandleresque graphic novel version, to investigate (and parody) the great modernist classic. Rowson’s original artwork for the […]

Tristram Shandy Frisian translation

8 February 2022

Tristram Shandy – Frisian translation

A new book for our translation collection came through the post this morning: Tristram Shandy translated into Frisian by Geart fan der Mear. Thanks to Jitske Kingma of Uitgeverij Elikser (Publishers) for sending.

Tom Gauld Cain's Jawbone cover

24 November 2021

Cain’s Jawbone goes viral!

10,000 more copies of literary mystery Cain’s Jawbone are being reprinted after the book sold out when a clip went viral on TikTok. The book, published originally in 1934, was republished in 2019 by the Laurence Sterne Trust and Unbound. It was such a success, even after the solution was found and the prize won […]

Peter Coates asterisk plinth

24 November 2021

New Plinth for Laurence Sterne

Rounding the corner in the Garden Room at Shandy Hall, one comes face to face with Laurence Sterne, or the nearest likeness to him that we have. The marble bust, sculpted by Joseph Nollekens, had for too long been standing on an unworthy support. Earlier this year, stone-carver Peter Coates, who has worked with the […]

Hic sedebat Laurentius Sterne

24 September 2021

Laurence Sterne’s Chair returns to Shandy Hall

When Robert Athol, the Archivist at Jesus College Cambridge, was looking in the storerooms for a suitable seat for his office, he pulled out a likely-looking 18th century chair. On closer examination, he found a brass plaque on the back, inscribed ‘Hic sedebat Laurentius Sterne’ (‘Here used to sit Laurence Sterne’). Later he uncovered the […]

account of Sweet chestnut leaf Shandy Hall

20 September 2021

Amazing relic from Shandy Hall tree

“Gathered from an aged tree in the garden at Shandy Hall . . . 26 July 1854”.  Amazing relic from the sweet chestnut killed by lightning in 1911, but still here in Shandy Hall gardens.  A leaf pressed by Rev. William Nichols in a copy of Sterne’s works of 1783. Thanks to Edward Bayntun-Coward for […]

Keyholes Katrin Moye

6 August 2021

‘Zounds!’: Tristram Shandy’s rude bits

Key-holes: ‘the occasions of more sin and wickedness, than all other holes in this world put together.’ “Shandy Hall, and what we found there.” Article by Andrew Green after a visit to see Katrin Moye’s exhibition at Shandy Hall.

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