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Animating the Archive - Enlightenment Lives and Letters

By Admin on 09-05-2017

Animating the Archive: Enlightenment lives and letters

A research workshop organized by Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and the Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s College London

Wed 14th June 2017

Time: Research Workshop: 1– 6pm; Drinks reception, 6-7pm.

Location: River Room, King’s College London, Strand campus.

This workshop will celebrate and respond to the publication of James Delbourgo’s book Collecting the World: The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane (Penguin, June 2017), a study that will provide new insight into early modern global natural history through the life, work and networks of Hans Sloane. The book examines Sloane’s career from his background in Ulster to his voyage to Jamaica and his creation of a network of collectors who gathered curiosities for him throughout the world, through to the foundation of the British Museum in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. It draws on the histories of science, medicine and collecting, as well as Caribbean, imperial and global histories, and is based on extensive research in Sloane’s surviving specimens, objects, manuscripts and catalogues in London’s Natural History Museum, the British Museum and the British Library.

The workshop will reflect upon collaborative archival projects, including ‘Reconnnecting Sloane‘ and the new Leverhulme Trust Research Project ‘Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s Catalogues of His Collections’. There will also be a reading group to discuss pre-circulated chapters from Collecting the World: The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane (Penguin, June 2017) with the author James Delbourgo.

Speakers include: James Delbourgo, Richard Drayton, Elizabeth Eger, Martha Fleming, Anne Goldgar, Colin Jones, Julianne Nyhan, Miles Ogborn, Kim Sloan and Vicky Pickering.

Attendance is free, but please sign up here on Eventbrite.
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Bluestocking Circle

The Bluestocking Circle was a group of writers, artists and thinkers who met in the London homes of Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Vesey and Frances Boscawen. These fashionable hostesses invented a new kind of informal sociability and nurtured a sense of intellectual community. The term "bluestocking" evolved from the scholar Benjamin Stillingfleet's decision to abandon formal evening dress and obey Vesey's call to "Come in your blue stockings." Guests included the leading literary, political and cultural figures of the day, including Elizabeth Carter, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, David and Eva Garrick and later Hannah More and Frances Burney.

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