The last object in the museum

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December 12, 2017
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Historic Preservation, Maritime History / Studies, Public History, Archival Science, Humanities

Free seminar in central London

17:15-18:30, 12 December 2017                                                                                                                                                                     

Wolfson Room I, Institute of Historical Research, London, WC1 7HU                                                                                                           

Wine & mince pies    

What if the museum could only save one object?

Seven doctoral students will tackle this difficult question at an entertaining Christmas seminar. Each researcher has chosen one item from the 4 million objects in Royal Museum Greenwich’s collection and will be given five minutes to argue why it should be saved. They will discuss their chosen object’s historical significance, what stories it can tell, how it might be displayed, its conservation needs and/or its provenance.

The audience will vote to decide a winner. Come along and choose between a selection of weird and wonderful objects, including a pair of trousers, a set of West African weights and a biscuit. All welcome. No need to book. Please join us for wine & mince pies afterwards.  

No objects will be harmed as a result of this seminar.

Jack Avery, University of Bristol & The National Archives                                                                                                                                         

Julia Binter, University of Oxford                                                                                                                                                                         

Callum Easton, University of Cambridge                                                                                                                                                         

Katherine Gazzard, National Portrait Gallery & University of East Anglia                                                                                                                 

Anna McKay, University of Leicester                                                                                                                                                                           

Maya Wassell Smith, University of Cardiff                                                                                                                                                             

Hannah Stockton, Queen Mary, University of London


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Dr Aaron Jaffer, Royal Museums Greenwich

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