Sloane’s Treasures: Texts and Transcription

Event Date: 16 July 2012
Eliot Room 4
British Library Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB


Sloane’s Treasures – Workshop 3: Texts and Transcription

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.

 

 

Programme:

Presentations on British Library’s holdings of Hans Sloane material

Presentation on Sloane’s manuscripts from Arnold Hunt, BL Curator of Historical Manuscripts

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Presentation on Sloane’s printed books from Alison Walker, BL Director of Sloane Printed Books Project

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Presentation on Sloane’s maps from Peter Barber, BL Head of Map Collections

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Presentation on Sloane’s Sir Thomas Browne notebooks and drawings from Antonia Moon, BL India Office Records

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Presentation on Sloane’s medieval manuscripts from Julian Harrison, BL Curator of Early Modern Manuscripts

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Presentation on Sloane’s oriental material from Frances Wood, BL Curator of Chinese collections

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Questions

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Breakout groups

Crowdsourcing;  Sloane’s colonial collection;  Data visualisation and mapping;  Digital humanities;  Sloane, science and medicine;  Sloane’s acquisition methods and sales catalogues;  Sloane’s printed books

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Closing comments by Arnold Hunt, BL Curator of Historical Manuscripts

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