No island is an island: Covid and the deadliness of willed isolation

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Our Principal Investigator, Barbara Taylor discusses what it means to be 'involved in mankind as a whole' in pandemic times.

The Distance Cure

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Hannah Zeavin discusses the role of distance in the history of mediated therapies with Solitudes researcher, Charlie Williams.

The Astronaut Alone

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In our latest blog, researcher Jeffrey Mathias writes about NASA's isolation chamber, used to put astronauts to the test in the 1950s.

From Solitude to Loneliness: Preaching and Meditating on Marriage and Widowhood in Early Modern Britain

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Researchers Hannah Yip and Thomas Clifton explore solitude in early modern meditations and sermons on widowhood and remarriage.

Finding Solitude: Notes on an Exhibition

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Illustrator and author Sophie Burrows guides us through the work she has created for our new exhibition, 'Finding Solitude', week-by-week.

A Slice of Life

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In our latest post, Tom Wicker reflects on the sensory solace of lockdown baking and breathing out in the face of COVID uncertanties.

Coffee, COVID and Porridge

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Writer and mental health advocate Kate Stone Matheson describes the solitude of chronic illness and disability against a backdrop of repeated pandemic lockdowns in Melbourne, Australia.

A Creature for Whom It Matters That You're There

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Thomas Dixon and Tom Laqueur speak to Barbara Taylor about our relationships with animals and how they figure in our understanding of loneliness and solitude. This conversation was filmed during the second COVID-19 lockdown in England, with topics stretching from the meanings of empathy, to animal evolution, canine grief, and the difference between cats and dogs.

There's Something About Elephants

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We cross continents for our latest 'Lockdown Fantasy', as Viv Graveson imagines herself back to the very best kind of solitude with a herd of orphaned Kenyan elephants.

An Imaginary Midden

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A new 'Lockdown Fantasy' from novelist and historian Mary Chamberlain, who muses on the ups and downs of creativity and imagination during the pandemic and beyond.