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Ways of Seeing – Conference Response

Today’s guest post is by Damian Smith of RMIT University in Melbourne. He summarises and responds to  the fascinating series of papers at our ‘Ways of Seeing‘ conference. It was linked to our contemporary art exhibition Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin. The 2015 Ways of Seeing Conference, held on…

A Glimpse of Mars Through Fractured Illusion: The Materiality of the Stereo Image

Today’s guest blog is by Luci Eldridge from the Royal College of Art. She’ll be talking at our ‘Ways of Seeing‘ conference, looking at perceptions of the planet Mars gained through stereo-imaging.  Drawing connections between art historical examples and contemporary representational practices in science, my paper for Ways of Seeing will…

Richard Hakluyt: the Elizabethan founder of the travel writing genre?

Detail from Englands Famous Discoverers (PAD3722) Earlier this year the Museum hosted a conference on Richard Hakluyt, the Elizabethan writer who published The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation between 1598 and 1600. Hakluyt was an unashamed propagandist for England’s maritime expansion and the huge number…

A curatorial visit to the Getty Research Institute

From the terraces of the Getty Research Institute high up in the Santa Monica Mountains, elevated above all traffic noise, you can – on a clear day – take in breathtaking views of the whole panorama of Los Angeles towards the Pacific coast and San Pedro Bay. In fact, if…

Scientific Voyaging Conference

‘HMS Assistance in the ice (1850-51)’ by Thomas Sewell Robins (BHC4239) This July the Museum held a conference with the Royal Society and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in Cambridge on the theme of ‘Scientific Voyaging: Histories and Comparisons’. Apart from the first evening, with a keynote…