Watchmaking. Taxidermy. Mud Ball Polishing.
Welcome to the world of The Secret Arts, a new experience from Atlas Obscura that invites some of the world’s rarest experts and artisans to share the hidden knowledge of their singular craft. Each weekly edition of The Secret Arts features a different craftsperson in discussion with host Eric Grundhauser (Atlas Obscura), exploring some of the key lessons and discoveries they’ve made over the years, how you might try your hand at their unique skill, and answering your questions live! Join us, and take a step into the unknown realm of The Secret Arts!
During this edition of The Secret Arts, we're going to learn what it takes to read the handwritten texts from the Elizabethan world of Shakespeare. Showing us the way will be "literary detective," and Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Heather Wolfe, one of the leading experts on the art of paleography, the study of historic handwriting. Wolfe will take us through how she became an expert in her field, some of the key learnings she's taken away from her years of study, and how you can begin dabbling in paleography yourself! If you thought your handwriting was difficult to read, wait until you see "English secretary hand."
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This event will be recorded for internal use by Atlas Obscura.
Host, Programming Lead, Atlas Obscura Experiences. Eric heads up Atlas Obscura's custom hosted experiences program, writing and designing experiences that bring Atlas Obscura's vision of wonder to life. He lives in Brooklyn with his comic book collection. His work has been featured on Slate, NPR, Vanity Fair, The AV Club, Motherboard, Smithsonian, and a bunch of other places where reasonable content is sold. He's fine.