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The Dictionary Garret - Anatomy of a Room
Free public lecture from Gresham College. Available as video, audio, transcript and power-point presentation.
The garret at No 17 Gough Square was the nerve centre of the house during Samuel Johnson's residence, and here the greatest work of reference of the 18th century took shape.
Johnson's Dictionary (1755) gives the room its historic resonance, but what became of the room once its famous occupant had left?
Recorded on Thursday 8 December 2005