Collecting cultures: the eighteenth century

ERI Building, Heritage hub (aka ‘do.collaboration’), University of Birmingham (G3 on campus map)
Arts and Law, Research, Students, Teaching
Wednesday 29th May 2013 (09:30-17:00)
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Collecting cultures: the eighteenth century
BECC Joint Annual Workshop with Warwick Eighteenth-Century Centre

The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque (1809)

9:30 onwards Registration
Heritage Hub, European Research Institute Building

10-11:30 Literary Collecting and Collections
Carly Watson (Birmingham), 'The Collected Shakespeare: Marketing Shakespeare's Plays, 1723-1735’
Tess Grant (Warwick), ‘Tonson's Jonson: Making the “vernacular canon” in the early eighteenth century’
John Gilmore (Warwick), 'Eighteenth-century collections of Latin verse’ (exact title tbc)

11:30-12 Coffee

12-13:00 Scientific Collecting and Collections
Rebecca Ford (Nottingham), ‘Natural History Collecting and the Encyclopédie’
Martin Killeen (Birmingham), ‘Into a full and clear light’: science books in pursuit of truth 1700-1800 from collections in the University of Birmingham

13:00-14:00 Lunch (will be provided)

14:00-15.30 Cultural/Historical Collecting and Collections
Sylvia Crawley (Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery), ‘Objects, Stories and the Stranger’s Guide’
Kate Astbury (Warwick) and Rachel Jacobs (Assistant Curator, Waddesdon Manor, National Trust), ‘Waddesdon Manor and the French 18th century’

15.30 Coffee & closing remarks

16.00-17.00 Visit to Barber Institute of Fine Arts and/or Special Collections
(Lower Ground Floor, Muirhead Tower)


Places are limited. Please send an e-mail to by 22 May 2013 to book your place, specifying any special dietary requirements. Speakers do not need to book!


Visitors are reminded that there is a train station on campus (named ‘University’), located on the Birmingham New Street-Longbridge/Redditch line. Trains run at 10 minute intervals in peak times. Parking on campus is limited.

Main workshop venues marked on map:
G3: Heritage Hub, European Research Institute Building
R21: Muirhead Tower
R14: Barber Institute of Fine Arts