Please join us for a series of talks surrounding the excavation, exhibition, and archiving of objects and information. From the artefacts of ancient cities to films of everyday life to digital curation, these talks centre on the overlapping activities of researchers working on early twentieth-century Britain and is open to all. Each talk will be followed by questions, discussion, and drinks. Abstracts for each talk will be added in due course.
Tuesday 8 December 2015 | Gabe Moshenska | Ghostly and Ghastly Antiquarian Fiction | Rm 209, Institute of Archaeology | 6pm-7pm
This talk will explore the connections between ghosts and antiquarians in late 19th to early 20th century supernatural fiction. Focusing on the works of M.R. James and E.F. Benson it aims to highlight and examine distinct themes that emerge in the literature. One such common theme is the concept of ghostly guardians of buried or forgotten antiquities. Another is the tension between relics and ghosts of Christian, non-Christian and pre-Christian pasts, particularly when the latter are depicted as demonic. Finally I want to consider the fictional ghost as subject of scholarship by the antiquarians depicted in the stories – sometimes leading to their dooms.
23 February 2016 | Lee Grieveson | Colonial Film Archive | Room 209, Institute of Archaeology | 6pm-7pm
22 March 2016 | Jenny Bunn | Digital Curation | Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL | 5pm-6pm