We will be curating our exhibitions around themes of particular interest in our collections displaying items from the Pepys Library.
The Great Fire of London
Samuel Pepys’s description of the Great Fire of London is considered the most vivid contemporary account of the event. This exhibition includes extracts of Samuel Pepys’s diary describing the Great Fire and items of interest from the Pepys collection.
Samuel Pepys’s Diary
In this virtual exhibition we explore various aspects of Samuel Pepys’s diary, the Pepys Library’s most famous manuscript. Pepys began keeping what he called his ‘journal’ in 1660, continuing until 1669. The Diary is recognised as one of the most important resources for studying the period of the Re...
Pepys and Music
Pepys was an avid enthusiast for all aspects of music: he tried his hand at several musical instruments, was a competent singer and dabbled in composition. There are several entries in his diary referring to music-making at home with friends, as well as to secular music performed as part of theatric...