Seminars in the History of Collecting 2019

Call for Papers

The seminar series was established as part of the Wallace Collection’s commitment to the research and study of the history of collections and collecting, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Paris and London.  In 2019, as in previous years, we plan to organise a series of 10 seminars.
We are keen to encourage contributions covering all aspects of the history of collecting, including:

  • Formation and dispersal of collections
  • Dealers, auctioneers and the art market
  • Collectors
  • Museums
  • Inventory work
  • Research resources

The seminars, which are normally held on the last Monday of every month during the calendar year, excluding August and December, act as a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research into the history of collecting. Seminars are open to curators, academics, historians, archivists and all those with an interest in the subject. Papers are generally 45-60 minutes long and all the seminars take place at the Wallace Collection between 5.30 and 7pm.
If interested, please send a short text (500-750 words), including a brief CV, indicating any months when you would not be available to speak, by Friday 7 September 2018.
For more information and to submit a proposal, please contact:
Please note that we are able to contribute up to the following sums towards speakers’ travelling expenses on submission of receipts:

  • Speakers within the UK – £ 80
  • Speakers from Continental Europe – £ 160
  • Speakers from outside Europe – £ 250

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