THE vital part trade has played in the history of collecting is the theme of a two-day conference at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on June 15 and 16.
Early Modern Merchants as
Collectors will bring together a number of speakers to
discuss new thinking on the history of collecting beyond the
consideration of the artists and patron as the principal
The Ashmolean has become a renowned centre
of research into the history of collecting since 1985, when it
published The Origin of Museums, a collection of
conference papers edited by Oliver Impey and Arthur MacGregor.
This interdisciplinary conference will
explore early modern merchants as collectors across a wide range of
geographical regions and collecting categories, investigating
whether there are any patterns connecting these merchant-collectors
of the early modern period and what we can learn from them.
A full list of speakers can be found at http://earlymodernmerchants.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/
Six student bursaries of £50, to be deducted
from the registration fee, are available. Applications should be
made to Dr Christina Anderson via email (see below) on or before
April 15 and should include a statement, equivalent to no more than
one side of A4, indicating how attending the conference would
benefit their research or studies. Proof of student status and an
endorsement from their supervisor/adviser must also be attached.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by May 1.
The conference will be held in the Headley
Lecture Theatre of the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street,
For the two-day conference, the fee for
attendance is £85 (full) or £60 (student). There is no single-day
fee. The fee includes lunch and refreshments both days.
To register, please send an email, including
your name, institutional affiliation (if any), address, proof of
student status (if applicable) and any dietary or other
requirements to Dr Christina Anderson, Honorary Research Fellow at
the Ashmolean Museum, at email@example.com.
Payment should be made via the Oxford Stores website: https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk
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