Sloane’s Treasures: Understanding Sloane’s Natural Objects

 

 

 

Event Date: 17 April 2012
Dorothea Bate Seminar Room
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD

Sloane’s Treasures

Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a doctor who collected curiosities with a passion. Although he always hoped society would benefit, he would be astonished at the scale of the enterprise he started…

Hans Sloane was one of the great men of early eighteenth-century London, a wealthy and popular physician to high society and royalty. But it was the natural sciences, especially botany, which fired his interest.
In his long life, he amassed one of the greatest ever private collections of plants, animals, antiquities, coins and other curios. It was to be the founding core of the British Museum and later the Natural History Museum.

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Sloane’s Treasures
Workshop 1: Understanding Sloane’s Natural Objects

Julie Harvey (Head of Centre for Arts and Humanities Research (CAHR), Natural History Museum) – Welcome, Introduction and Arrangements for the Day

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Presentations

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Charlie Jarvis (Department of Botany and Scientific Co-ordinator for the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research, NHM)
Overview of Sloane’s natural objects held at the Natural History Museum
[AUDIO HERE]

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Alan Hart (Head of Collections, Department of Mineralogy, NHM)
Modern science and Sloane’s ‘minerals’
[AUDIO HERE]

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Miles Ogborn (Head of School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London )
Questions and future answers: Understanding Sloane’s Vegetable Substances Collection
AUDIO HERE

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Collection Tours
Participants will join a tour, visiting two venues:

Sloane’s Herbarium,
introduced by Mark Spencer, Department of Botany, NHM

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Sloane’s ‘Minerals’, introduced by Peter Tandy

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Group discussions and feedback
Discussion 1: Public Engagement

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Discussion 2: Digitisation and Imaging

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Discussion 3: Research

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Final Comments

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