Topics in the John Murray Archive

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The history of the Murray publishing house is more than the history of authors and books. It is the history of a remarkable family as well. Each of the seven generations of Murrays brought their own distinct force of character and passions to the publishing house.

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Widespread political and social change is often debated, discussed and detailed by Murray authors and publications.

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The archive contains captivating tales of intrepid explorers and travellers who journeyed through exotic and distant lands enduring hardships and danger.

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Some of the greatest names in literature are in the archive. Novelists like Jane Austen, Herman Melville and Sir Walter Scott, as well as poet Lord Byron.

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Murray published, reviewed and corresponded with many of the great scientists whose ideas shaped the modern world. Foremost among them is the naturalist Charles Darwin.

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JMA Video highlights
Still from Isabella Bird short film
Curator David McClay introduces us to an intrepid traveller in this film about Isabella Bird.

Still from Caroline Lamb short film
Assistant curator Rachel Beattie introduces us to a passionate socialite in this film about Lady Caroline Lamb.