Press & Print
Press & Print
On 30 October 2021, Prof. Dr. Dagmar Freist and Frank Marquardt were invited to present the “Prize Papers” Project at the renowned culture and literature festival, the “Göttinger Literaturherbst”. The actor Jan Reinartz read from a selection of letters from the “Prize Papers” collection bringing the 250 years old and long forgotten voices from the letters back to life by lending them his own. Together with host Stephan Lohr, the value of the research’s finds was discussed.
The material, they brought, was compiled and researched by the team of historians from the University of Oldenburg and consisted of letters providing insights into the experiences of, for example, a missionary on a slave plantation in Suriname.
Furthermore, they showed the fate of a mother left behind in Europe, let the audience feel what it was like to be present during a capture by a British privateer - and much more.
Learn more about the "Göttinger Literaturherbst":
Organiser: Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Contributors: Dagmar Freist, Frank Marquardt
Moderator: Stephan Lohr
Actor: Jan Reinartz
Radio Programme "Hafenkonzert", NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk (in German)
A report on the "IGS Helene Lange" school's inclusive theatre project in the newspaper "Nordwest Zeitung" (in German)
The "Prize Papers" in the University of Oldenburg's own research magazine
Stolz, Deike: Snapshots of the Past, in: Einblicke 66, 2021, pp. 16-20.
The "Prize Papers" at the National Archives (TNA) in London offer unique insights into the history of the Early Modern Age from the perspective of individuals whose letters and personal notes would not have survived the centuries under normal circumstances. The collection comprises hundreds of thousands of documents and artifacts from the period between 1652 and about 1815, which were stored in boxes at the archives and almost forgotten for many years. In a long-term project led by historians at the University of Oldenburg, this treasure trove of records from the past is being opened up and made available to researchers as well as the general public.
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The "Prize Papers" in the regional magazine "Kulturland Oldenburg" (in German)
Raapke, Annika: Funde aus legitimierten Schiffskaperungen. Prisenpapiere bieten gewaltiges Erkenntnispotenzial, in: Kulturland Oldenburg 189, 2021, p. 24-26.
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The "Prize Papers" in the Zurich newspaper "Neue Züricher Zeitung" (in German)
The Prize Papers in the magazine "Mare - Die Zeitschrift des Meeres"
Beckers, Christina: Letter from John Morris to his beloved Nancy, New York 1756, in: Mare. Die Zeitschrift der Meere 138, 2020, pp. 77-79.
This publication includes an essay by Christina Beckers as well as an interview with her and Annika Raapke.
Forskning Framsteg (SWE), 9 November 2019 (print and online), together with the Scandinavian Prize Papers Project (in Swedish)
Wester, Torbjörn: Kapade postsäcker väcker 1700 - talet till liv, 09.11.2019, in: Forskning & Framstag.
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The Prize Papers in the magazine "Zeit Leo" (in German)
Schaschek, Sarah: Ein Brief auf langer Reise, in: Zeit Leo 4, 2019, pp. 38-41.
What exactly is the work of a historian? An article for children about the Prize Papers Project
Article in the "Trafo - Blog for Transregional Research
Haasis, Lucas/ Raapke, Annika: Verlieben, verloren, vergessen, verzeihen. Frauenbriefe aus den Londoner Prize Papers, in: TRAFO - Blog for Transregional Research, 05.06.2019.
Article in the newspaper "Die Zeit" (in German)
Molitor, Andreas: Post aus dem Meer, in: Die Zeit 1/2019.
Article in "The Guardian"
Davies, Caroline: Huge historical archive of mail from captured ships to go online, in: The Guardian, 05.09.2018.