Sloane’s Treasures: Texts and Transcription

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 16th, 2012

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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Unruly Creatures 2 : Creative Revolutions

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 18th, 2012

 

 

Event Date 18 June 2012
Flett Lecture Theatre
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road (Exhibition Rd Entrance)
London SW7 5BD

The London Graduate School and the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum London present:

Unruly Creatures 2 : Creative Revolutions

This is the second in a series of one-day conferences that analyse and discuss the various ways in which animals have been used in the humanities and contemporary arts, the political and theoretical implications of this use, and the manner in which animals have resisted this appropriation such that they might enter into political discourse. With examples taken from philosophy, history, and the arts, it will also examine whether there is an animal political identity, and even new ways of thinking about struggle, revolt, and revolution that might be called ‘animal’.

 

Introduction by Professor John Mullarkey (Kingston) .

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André Dias (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) – Animal Heterogenesis

Respondent: Richard Iveson (Goldsmiths)

Questions

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Erica Fudge (University of Strathclyde) – Milking Other Men’s Beasts

Respondent: Wendy Wheeler (London Metropolitan University)

Questions

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Jonathan Burt  (Series Editor, Animal Reaktion Books) – A pensive nature, a mechanical/And slightly detestable operandumí: The Elision of Animals and Cinema

Respondent: John Mullarkey (Kingston University)

Questions

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Anat Pick (University of East London) – Falling Towards the Heights: Worldliness and Animal Ethics

Respondent: Catherine Wheatley (Kingís College London)

Questions

[AUDIO HERE]

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Unruly Creatures 1 is here

Unruly Creatures 3 is here

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Sloane’s Treasures: Sloane’s Artificial Rarities

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on May 31st, 2012

Event Date: 31 May 2012
Hartwell Room
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

Sloane’s Treasures – Workshop 2: Sloane’s ‘Artificial Rareties’

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:
Welcome by Kim Sloan, BM

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Introductions by curators on aspects of the BM’s part of Sloane’s collection
Jill CookHans Sloane and Thomas Molyneaux

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Jessica Harrison-Hall, Clarissa von Spee, Anne Farrer – Sloane’s Chinese glass, prints and paintings

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Antony Griffiths: Sloane’s print collection

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Felicity Roberts/Kim Sloan: Sloane’s albums of drawings
This will be a very brief summary of how many, where they are now and what type of drawings they contain.

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Venetia Porter – Sloane’s Islamic seals and Persian collection

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Xerxes Mazda – Public programming Sloane

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Jonathan King – Sloane’s ethnographic collections

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Ian Jenkins: Sloane’s Antiquities

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Marjorie Caygill – Sloane’s own manuscript catalogues of his collections

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Break-out discussion sessions based on the seven initial presentations developing ideas for research on them further
Brief Reports from groups (five minutes each), chaired by JD Hill, Research, BM
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Second series of break-out sessions
Brief Reports from groups (five minutes each) chaired by James Delbourgo
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Final discussion and summary, chaired by James Delbourgo, Rutgers

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Sloane’s Treasures: Understanding Sloane’s Natural Objects

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on April 17th, 2012

 

 

 

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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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
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Alan Hart (Head of Collections, Department of Mineralogy, NHM)
Modern science and Sloane’s ‘minerals’
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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
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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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Wallich and Indian Natural History: Collection Dispersal and the Cultivation of Knowledge

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on December 6th, 2011

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Event Date: 6 December 2011
Flett Lecture Theatre
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD

 

Wallich and Indian Natural History:
Collection Dispersal and the Cultivation of Knowledge

 

This international, interdisciplinary conference will be held on the 6th and 7th December, 2011 at the Natural History Museum, London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on the general theme of South Asian natural history collections, with a special emphasis on those of the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich (1786–1854). Wallich is a major figure in the history and development of botany in the nineteenth century. As Superintendent of the Calcutta Botanic Garden between 1817 and 1846, he undertook botanical expeditions, described new plant species, collected thousands of plant specimens amassing a large herbarium, and commissioned local artists to draw beautiful botanical watercolours. His work has therefore been extremely influential in South Asian natural history research.

Major South Asian natural history collections from the 18th and 19th century are now dispersed across institutions in South Asia, Europe and beyond. This conference will explore the challenges associated with studying and exploiting such collections and the interesting opportunities they provide for interdisciplinary research. It forms an integral part of the World Collections Programme-funded project “Wallich and Indian Natural History”, the first inter-institutional endeavour of its kind between the Natural History Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the British Library. In particular, this project is creating an exciting new website (coming soon) which supports a virtual collection of the plant drawings, specimens and correspondence of Nathaniel Wallich.

In celebration of this project, a group of distinguished international speakers has been brought together to present papers covering a wide range of different disciplines. They will speak on the first day of the conference at the Natural History Museum. Day two, held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will provide a unique opportunity to see a wide range of Wallich and related materials (including original drawings and herbarium collections) behind the scenes at Kew. We welcome everyone interested in natural history, art history, botany, South Asian studies, social history, history of the British Empire, museum studies and digital humanities to join us for what we anticipate will be a very stimulating conference.

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Programme

Welcome by Professor Philip Rainbow (Keeper of Zoology, NHM) .

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Opening Remarks (Julie Harvey, CAHR Centre)

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Panel 1 - Nathaniel Wallich: His Expeditions and Collections

(Chair: Dr B. Venugopal, Director, National Museum of Natural History, New Delhi)

David Arnold (Department of History, University of Warwick)
Nathaniel Wallich and the Natural History of India
[AUDIO HERE]

Bodhisattva Kar (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam)
Frontier, Collected: Nathaniel Wallich in the North-Eastern Frontier of British India
[AUDIO HERE]

Sangeeta Rajbhandary (Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University), and
Krishna K. Shrestha (Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University), Mark F. Watson (Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh)
Wallich and the First Explorations of the Nepalese Flora
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Panel 1 Discussion

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Panel 2 – Dispersal and Movement within the British Empire

(Chair: Professor Felix Driver, Professor of Human Geography, Royal Holloway College, University of London)

Sandip Hazareesingh (Department of History, The Open University)
Plants, Power and Productivity: The East India Company and Cotton Imperialism in Early Nineteenth-Century Western India
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Caroline Cornish (Department of Geography, Royal Holloway College, University of London)
Circulating India: Kew, Colonial Forestry and Circuits of Display
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Kapil Raj (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
Title TBC
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Panel 2 Discussion

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Panel 3. The Wallich Project
(Chair: Dr Vinita Damodaran, Senior Lecturer in South Asian History, University of Sussex)

Henry Noltie (Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh)
Scottish Surgeons and Indian Botany: Dispersed Collections of Drawings and Specimens, a Case Study from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
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Antonia Moon (British Library) and Charlie Jarvis (Natural History Museum)
Wallich’s Papers at the British Library and Beyond
[AUDIO HERE]

Timothy Utteridge (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), Clare Drinkell (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) and Ranee Prakash (Natural History Museum) The Wallich Plant Illustrations in London: Identification and Dissemination
[AUDIO HERE]
Panel 3 Discussion

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Closing Remarks (Julie Harvey, CAHR Centre) .

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Paul Henderson – On being interviewed for Museum Lives: An Oral History of the Natural History Museum

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 28th, 2011

 

 

 

 

Event date:12 -13 May 2011
Royal Society
Carlton House Terrace
London SW1

Science Voices: Scientists speak about science and themselves

a joint conference of
Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University
Centre for History of Science at the Royal Society
(part-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council)

 

Professor Paul Henderson CBE FGS (Hon Prof of Mineralogy, University College London; Trustee, Horniman Museum; ex-Director of Science, Natural History Museum) - On being interviewed for Museum Lives: An Oral History of the Natural History Museum

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Malcolm Longair – The challenges of writing Royal Society Biographical Memoirs

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Event date:12 -13 May 2011
Royal Society
Carlton House Terrace
London SW1

Science Voices: Scientists speak about science and themselves

a joint conference of
Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University
Centre for History of Science at the Royal Society
(part-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council)

 

Professor Malcolm Longair CBE FRS FRSE (Emeritus Jacksonian Professor of Natural Philosophy, Director of Development of the Cavendish Laboratory and Professorial Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge) – The challenges of writing Royal Society Biographical Memoirs

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Tilli Tansey – Hidden voices: an oral history of medical laboratory technicians

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Event date:12 -13 May 2011
Royal Society
Carlton House Terrace
London SW1

Science Voices: Scientists speak about science and themselves

a joint conference of
Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University
Centre for History of Science at the Royal Society
(part-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council)

 

Professor Tilli Tansey (School of History, Queen Mary University of London) - Hidden voices: an oral history of medical laboratory technicians

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Simone Turchetti – Scientists with a safebox: perspectives on the oral history of science and secrecy

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Event date:12 -13 May 2011
Royal Society
Carlton House Terrace
London SW1

Science Voices: Scientists speak about science and themselves

a joint conference of
Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University
Centre for History of Science at the Royal Society
(part-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council)

 

Dr Simone Turchetti (Research Fellow, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester) – Scientists with a safebox: perspectives on the oral history of science and secrecy

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Brian Cathcart – Subjects, objects and expectations in Museum Lives: an oral history of the Natural History Museum

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Event date:12 -13 May 2011
Royal Society
Carlton House Terrace
London SW1

Science Voices: Scientists speak about science and themselves

a joint conference of
Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University
Centre for History of Science at the Royal Society
(part-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council)

 

Professor Brian Cathcart (School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University and Principal Investigator, Museum Lives: an oral history of the Natural History Museum, AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship) - Subjects, objects and expectations in Museum Lives: an oral history of the Natural History Museum

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