The Women’s Print History Project is pleased to announce the arrival of its very own podcast! Introducing: “The WPHP Monthly Mercury.”



The Women’s Print History Project is pleased to announce the arrival of its very own podcast. Introducing: the WPHP Monthly Mercury.

You can listen to the WPHP Monthly Mercury on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and other podcast apps, available via Buzzsprout.

In the eighteenth century, a ‘mercury’ was “a hawker or distributor of pamphlets, news-sheets, etc.; esp. a female one” (OED). Who better to share the ins and outs—the rectos and versos, if you will—of the Women’s Print History Project

Inspired by periodicals of the same period, the WPHP Monthly Mercury dives into the gritty and gorgeous details of working on this database to recover women’s print history. Sharing the stories of prolific and not-so-prolific women authors and the oft-widowed women publishers, printers, and booksellers of the period, as well as the rabbit-hole-filled processes of recovery and the adventures of our research assistants, our project manager, and our primary investigator, the WPHP Monthly Mercury centres the discovery of women and their work.

The WPHP Monthly Mercury will be released every third Wednesday of the month, starting June 17, 2020, so welcome to our first-ever podcast episode—"Episode 0.5: Introducing the Monthly Mercury." Each future episode will have a corresponding blog post here on the WPHP that contains further reading, a bibliography, and a full list of all WPHP entries referenced in the episode. 

Join us next Wednesday, June 17, 2020, for our inaugural episode!


This podcast draws on research supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.