Histories of Collections and Institutions CDP Colloquium – 19th May 2017 at the National Gallery


This conference welcomes Collaborative Doctoral Partnership students with interests in the history of
collecting and museums to compare, connect and discuss the great potential as well as the challenges of
institutional collecting histories. Attendees are invited to explore the wider relevance of this research
and to situate individual collecting histories within broader regional and national contexts.

Our discussion will
interrogate some key questions:
• What common/overarching factors shaped institutional collecting priorities in the nineteenth
and twentieth centuries? How did these priorities vary across institutions?
• How can we situate collecting priorities within wider social, political and cultural trends? How
did concepts of national identity, the rise of the nation state and the expansion of
empire feature in these generic accutane from india histories?
• How did networks between institutions and private collectors shape the nature of public collec
tions? How far can we separate institutional networks and motivations from those of individual
curators and collectors?
• What historiographical & methodological approaches have been employed in researching collecting
histories?
With keynotes from Dr. Dora Thornton (British Museum) and Dr. Claire Wintle (University
of Brighton), this event is intended as a forum for CDP researchers from a wide variety of disciplines
to discuss current research and to network with colleagues working in similar fields across the UK.

To register to attend please contact cdpadmin@vam.ac.uk with a completed registration form by 26 April 2017
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