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What can our ancestors teach us about sleeping well?

Professor Sasha Handley, University of Manchester

What can our ancestors teach us about sleeping well?

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Drop into the British Academy on June 22-23 for our first Summer Showcase

Wander through our beautiful building to view 15 exhibits consisting of text panels, interactive elements and audio-visual displays created by the academics we fund. Meet our researchers, find out more about their projects and take part in hands-on activities.

Sasha Handley’s exhibit explores the history of sleep in Early Modern England

Sleep in Early Modern England

Sleep in Early Modern England is the first in-depth investigation of the history of sleep. It reveals how our ancestors approached bedtime, the fascinating rituals that bookended sleep, and the powerful religious motivations that fuelled the pursuit of a good night's rest. Join Sasha Handley to make your own scent bag, sample some of the smells from a seventeenth century bedchamber and find out how historic sleep patterns may help us to get a more restful night's sleep today.

Sasha Handley is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Manchester
Research Award: British Academy Mid-Career Fellow

Showcase opening times: Friday 22-Saturday 23 June,11am - 5pm

Late-night view: Friday 22nd June, 6.30-9pm  

5 tips for better sleep (from our ancestors)

Learning from our ancestors’ approach to sleep management

Floor Plan:

You'll find this exhibit at Point 13 in the Lecture Room on the First Floor. Download our programme to plan your visit.

Exhibit 13

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