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Women and Education in the Long 18th Century

July 26, 2016

WELEC poster

Registration is now open for the event Women and Education in the Long 18th Century, which is taking place on 8th September 2016 at the Glasgow Women’s Library. This will be a free ticketed event, so please sign up for a space via Eventbrite:


Materiality Symposium

July 20, 2016

ARLIS/Committee for Art and Design Archives Symposium – ‘Matter and Meaning: Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive’

DATE: Friday 23 September 2016

TIME: 10.00am – 6.30pm

VENUE: University of Brighton, Room M2, Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

‘On the one hand… material is discussed today in the light of an idea that it has been dissolved by the so-called immaterialities of new technologies, while on the other – from the margins – we can observe the consolidation of material as a category of its own’.
(Monika Wagner)

Within the expanding digital environment that encompasses our professional and personal experience, ideas of materiality have received extensive recent attention, across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, literary studies and material culture.  As yet, archival theory and practice have given limited consideration to materiality as an approach to the archive. Conservation practices, while focussing on material qualities of archives, may not attend to more philosophical implications beyond technical research. This symposium seeks to reach across and between these various bodies of knowledge, considering materiality as a framework for analysing, interpreting and engaging with archives of art and design.

To view the full event page for the Symposium, including the programme, please visit the University of Brighton website:

If you would like to book a place please visit the Arlis Events page to register and pay:

Please note that lunch is not provided

Tea with the Sphinx Programme

July 19, 2016

I’m not sure what happened last time, but the programme is available here and it’s looking  good.



Tea With the Sphinx – Programme

July 19, 2016

The programme is available here.

Source: Programme

The Legacy of Looting: The Darker Heritage of Archaeology Collections in Ontario

July 15, 2016

HARN member Jennifer Bracewell has sent this link to an interesting blog post about looting and the history of archaeology. I can’t re-blog the post, but you can read it here

Interesting Times

July 15, 2016

I am, as you may have gathered, somewhat distracted by current events both here in Brexit-land and abroad. I also have the distraction that the 4 year old has finished preschool so life has become very interesting indeed. Given all of this I’ve decided to stop blogging for the summer. I’ll still be popping in and out  and I’ll continue to post items of interest – conferences, CfPs, books/articles, archaeological adverts. There will be some guest posts, there may also be a post from me about antiquarians if I get a moment to think about it. But, that aside, I’ll be back in September.

Have a great summer


The Tomb of Perneb at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

July 14, 2016

Adventures in History and Archaeology

It has been almost 6 weeks since I’ve posted anything, but that doesn’t mean no work is getting done.  I’m busy writing a paper for the HARN/Swedish Institute Conference in October; working on a volume of edited correspondence (more on which later); and other summer activities like grants, reworking syllabi, and hanging out with my son and husband more.  In two weeks I leave for Wyoming for a vacation–yes, VACATION.

In the process of the above mentioned research, I’ve found a lot of really great stories that will be posted here in the coming weeks.  One of the most fascinating is the story of the collection and installation of the mastaba tomb of Perneb at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Thankfully, they tell their own story on their website.  If you have any questions about anything at the MMA, their website is really good.  They have videos, images, links for…

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