Richard Brinsley Sheridan, playwright, duellist, wit, and all round Georgian man of letters was MP for Stafford from 1780 until 1806.
Now, people interested in his life as an MP and connections with the county town are invited to find out more at a unique study day being hosted by Staffordshire County Council’s Archives Service.
What did this celebrity of his age offer his constituents? Why did they vote for an Irish-born playwright? Was there something uniquely appealing about the man, or perhaps his ideas? These are among the questions being addressed at the study day as part of a major new research project funded by the Leverhulme trust.
Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said:
“Sheridan has always been one of Stafford’s more colourful historic characters and his literary fame and social prominence may provide part of the explanation for why he appealed to Staffordshire voters so much.
“With experts on hand for the study day and the ongoing research project, we now hope to give people a unique insight into his life and connections with the county town. Tickets are limited so I would urge people to book early.”
Researchers at the Universities of Leeds and Aberystwyth, led by Dr Robert Jones, are carrying out the research project and will be presenting at the study day.
The Study day will take place on Saturday 18 March at Staffordshire Record Office, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ from 10:30 am to 4pm. Tickets cost £10 and can be booked online at https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/leisure/archives/Events/home.aspx
People can also follow the project at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/sheridanprojector on Twitter @SheridanProject