Sloane's Treasures: Sloane’s Artificial Rarities

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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