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Please arrive at the venue 5 minutes before the event is due to start so that it can begin on time.
28 March 2018Probing Provenance: Sources, Methods and Implications
10.00: Welcome: Silvia Davoli, Barbara Pezzini and Tom Stammers (organisers, Society for the History of Collecting)
10.05-11.20: Part one: “RESEARCHING AND INTERPRETING ARCHIVAL SOURCES” A discussion panel with position papers: “Tracing provenance in the study of Charles I” by Niko Munz (Royal Collections Trust); “Provenance and the archive”,by Melanie Aspey (The Rothschild Archive) and “Perspectives on provenance from the Courtauld Gallery” by Alexandra Gerstein (The Courtauld Institute).
11.20-12.35:  Part two: “TAKING PROVENANCE ISSUES FORWARD, IN THE MARKET AND MUSEUM” A discussion panel with position papers: “Provenance and hidden museum histories” by Kate Hill (University of Lincoln); “Provenance and colonial artifacts” by Claire Wintle (University of Brighton) and “Provenance and the market” by Alexis Ashot (Christie’s).
12.35-13.00 Discussion
13.00 Close
Tickets £10
Free for Students
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10 April 2018: The Country House Library, Conference by Dr. Mark Purcell
Country Houses are normally studied by art, architectural and social historians for the prosopography of their ownership, the details of the house, the modifications and motivations thereofand the chattels (art and furnishings). However, when it comes to the actual contents of the library, often considered the most important room in house, the books themselves are overlooked. This is perhaps due to a general and historic lack of understanding of the history of the bookalthough the value of the books could equal that of the rest of the chattels in a house.Mark Purcell has remedied this oversight in his majestic survey of country house libraries, those that are and even those that once were but have been dispersedMark demonstrates that the country house librarieswere not standard appendages, underappreciated and under read by their owners, but that they encompassed a vast range of form and function. His immensely successful book will be a sourcebook for art historians and those interested in the history of collections for decades to come.
Mark Purcell is Deputy Director, Research Collections, University of Cambridge, University LibraryFormerly he was responsible for all the libraries within the National Trust (1999-2015) that comprise much beyond the country house, ranging from vernacular buildings to industrial in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Mark has studied the NT collections and has published numerous gems within. Responsible for a thorough cataloging of that vast corpus, he is perhaps the world’s expert on libraries once privately held in the UK.
The Lecture will be followed by drinks.
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7 June 2018 – Exclusive Members-only visit of a private collection, London
June 2018 – Exclusive visit of Longford Castle