Collectors, Collections and Collecting in Britain

spitzwegFrom Sloane to Chester Beatty

Friday, 15 April 2016, Senate Room, Senate House

This symposium focuses on British collectors and their collections from the 18th to the 20th centuries. We will examine the phenomenon of collecting in a variety of settings and across a wide range of materials: manuscripts, books, artworks, and cultural objects. In the light of Ruskin's question, 'For what purpose do they spend?', our speakers will address the aims and motives which led these collectors to assemble such remarkable collections, as well as their subsequent history, especially within institutional contexts.

 

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PROGRAMME

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09:45 - 10:15 Registration
10:15 - 10:30 Introduction
10:30 - 11:30

Plenary Lecture:

Dr Stella Panayotova, Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Sydney Cockerell: A Bibliophile Director-Collector

11:30 - 11:45 Tea and coffee break
11:45 - 13:00

Boundless Collecting: The Public Fate of the Private Collection

ChairDr. Toby Burrows, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London

Dr. Frances Larson, Research Associate Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford, From the Miniature to the Gigantic: Making Sense of Henry Wellcome and his collection

Alice Marples, King's College London, Creating and Keeping a National Treasure: the changing uses of Sloane's collection

13:00 - 14:00 Hot lunch
14:00 - 15:30

Collecting Quality for Prosperity

Chair: Professor Warwick Gould, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Dr. Anthony James West, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, The Shakespeare First Folio: The ‘Must Have’ Book

Dr. Laura Cleaver, Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art, Trinity College Dublin, Mr and Mrs Alfred Chester Beatty, Mr and Mrs Henry Yates Thompson and Judgments about the Quality of Western Manuscripts, c. 1916-1941

Dr Karen Attar, Rare Book Librarian, Senate House Library, Mummifying Collections: An Institutional Overview
15:30 - 15:45 Tea and coffee break
15:45 - 17:15

'For what purpose do they spend?' Ruskin and his legacy

Chair: Professor Simon Eliot, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Professor Stephen Wildman, Director of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre, Lancaster UniversityA wonderful range of mind: the Ruskin collection

Dr. Cynthia Johnston, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London: The Post-Industrial Collector: The books and coins of Robert Edward Hart, rope-maker of Blackburn, Lancashire

Dr. Danielle Magnusson, Trinity College DublinBuying History: Chester Beatty and the Golden Age of American Book Collecting
17:15 - 18:00

Final Words

Dr. Toby Burrows, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London, Beyond “Vello-mania”: a new look at Sir Thomas Phillipps

18:00 - 19:00 Drinks reception

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