WORKSHOP: Collectors, Curators and Cataloguers: Hidden Women in Archaeology in the 19th and 20th Centuries

12 June 2019, University of Reading

Funded by the Heritage and Creativity Institute for Collections (HCIC) @UniRdg_HCIC

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Register for the workshop:


Time Session/Paper Title
9.30-10.00 Registration at Museum of English Rural Life

Tea & Coffee (provided)

10.00-10.10 Introduction & Welcome

Amara Thornton and Amy Smith (Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading)

10.10-10.25 The Soane Museum Inspectresses 1837-1945

Sue Palmer (Soane Museum)

10.30-10.45 Pioneers or colonial looters? addressing the ethics of celebrating Victorian women collectors

Heba abd el Gawad (Durham University)

10.50-11.05 Alice Geldart and Egyptology in Norfolk

Faye Kalloniatis (Norwich Castle Museum)

11.10-11.20 Lady Valerie Meux

Stacey Anne Bagdi (Museum of Enfield)

11.20-11.25 Questions
11.25-11.45 Themed Discussion: Beyond ‘Great Women’ – Promoting/Presenting new narratives
11.45-12.00 Winifred Lamb: Collector, Curator and Cataloguer

David Gill (University of Suffolk)

12.05-12.20 Assembling Experts: Curating the Lawrence Room at Girton College, Cambridge

Imogen Gunn (Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge)

12.25-12.40 Tracing women in early history of archaeology and anthropology at Oxford

Jaanika Vider (University of Oxford)

12.45-13.55 Researching the lives and work of Margot Eates and Hartley Ramsden: how Eates’ career was shaped by her passions

Ellie Miles (London Transport Museum)

13.55-13.00 Questions
13.00-13.50 Lunch (provided)
13.50-14.05 Identifying Impact: Richborough as a case study

Kathryn Bedford (English Heritage)

14.10-14.25 Gisela Richter and Edith Porada on Achaemenid Persia: Curating the Old World in 20th Century New York City

Alexander Nagel (Fashion Institute of Technology/Smithsonian Institution)

14.30-14.45 Women Curating in Britain during WWII: The Case of Jacqueline Dawson Chittenden

Lenia Kouneni (University of St Andrews)

14.50-15.00 A Portrait of Helen Farquhar

Mary Hinton (Independent Scholar)

15.00-15.05 Questions
15.05-15.25 Themed Discussion: Source Material
15.25-15.45 Walk to Classics Department, Edith Morley Building, Whiteknights Campus
15.45-16.05 Tea & Coffee (provided)
16.05-16.35 Archive Handling Session (Ure Museum)
16.40-17.40 KEYNOTE – ‘Unsuited to museum work’: hidden women and how to find them

Kate Hill (University of Lincoln)

17.40-17.50 Wrap Up

Amara Thornton and Amy Smith (Ure Museum)