CDP Student led Activity: Material Matters | The Place of Objecthood in Academia and the Museum – 25th October at the National Gallery

Material Matters | The Place of Objecthood in Academia and the Museum

Wednesday 25th October 2017

The National Gallery
Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1


This study day will explore the materiality of cultural objects from academic and museum perspectives, hosting student papers which reflect upon the ways in which objecthood prompts the direction of their research from a variety of disciplines, including architectural history, archaeology, art history and digital materiality. Academics have been invited to respond to student talks, and there will be an opportunity for a Q&A session afterward.

The afternoon session will feature a panel of museum experts: Caroline Campbell (National Gallery), Peta Motture (V&A) and JD Hill (British Museum), who will discuss and answer questions around materiality within the museum sphere.


The final part of the study day will be a practical workshop. Afterward, we invite you to stay for a wine reception.


To register for a free place, or to request reimbursement of travel expenses (CDP students only), please email Seonaid Rogers ( and Amanda Hilliam ( Wednesday 11th October 2017

 The event is supported by the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Student led Activity Fund 

10:00-10.30 Registration, tea/coffee
10.30-10.45 Housekeeping, welcome and introduction

Amanda Hilliam (CDP PhD at National Gallery and Oxford Brookes) and Seonaid Rogers (CDP PhD at British Museum and University of Nottingham)


10.45-12.45 10-minute talks from CDP students

There will be a 5-minute Q&A after each talk, and responses from academics in attendance to conclude the session


10:45-11.00 Depictions of Indigenous Australians in British collections: Objecthood and Interpretation (title TBC)

Mary McMahon (Royal Holloway, University of London and British Museum)

11.00-11.15 The artefact behind the text: a two-fold reading of cuneiform objects from diplomatics to palaeography

Mathilde Touillon-Ricci (SOAS, University of London and British Museum)

11.15-11.30 Navigating the Canals: Making and Moving Venetian Renaissance Paintings

Benedetta Pacini (University of Warwick and National Gallery of London)

11.30-11.45 Rubber stamps, chinagraph, captions and coffee stains: materiality in the Daily Herald

Rebecca Smith (De Montfort University and National Science and Media Museum)

11.45-12.00 Architectural Materiality: The Modern-Vernacular work of Wheeler and Sproson

Kat Breen (University of Edinburgh and Historic Environment Scotland)

12.00-12.15 Between Object and Performance: Liminal Materiality and the Study of Software-based Art

Tom Ensom (King’s College London and Tate)

12.15-12.45 Academic responses to papers
12.45-14.00 Lunch provided
14:00-15:00 Museum Panel

A discussion of materiality as it operates in the museum sphere, with opportunity to ask questions of those working in the field.


Caroline Campbell (The Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department at the National Gallery)


Peta Motture (Senior Curator of Sculpture at the V&A)


JD Hill (Head of Research at the British Museum)


15:00-16.30 Workshop session
16:30-17.30 Wine reception




Go to the Sainsbury Wing Entrance at the National Gallery. Take the stairs on the right-hand side. Halfway up, turn left on that landing, and the Conference Rooms are straight ahead of you. Through the door, keep left until you find Conference Room 1.

Nearest tube stations: Charing Cross, Leicester Square.

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