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The Gentleman's Magazine: A Panorama of Georgian Britain for Family and Local Historians


Julian Pooley opens the pages of the world’s first magazine – the Gentleman’s Magazine.

Founded in 1731, it reported domestic and foreign news, announced the latest discoveries in science, medicine and technology, reviewed books and recorded freak weather, births, marriages and military promotions. Its obituaries laid the foundation for the later Dictionary of National Biography and are a major source for the lives and deaths of thousands of 18th century people.

Julian explores the magazine’s value for family and local historians. He also uncovers hidden stories of Surrey people and the county's history throughout the Georgian period.


About the speaker: Julian Pooley is Public Services Manager of Surrey History Centre in Woking and has been a professional archivist for over thirty-five years.  

As archivist in charge of the public searchroom he is fascinated by the potential of many unexpected sources for family history research.  Away from work, he is preparing a guide to the archive of the Nichols family of printers and antiquaries who produced the Gentleman’s Magazine between 1778 and 1856 and many important county histories.  

He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. 


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