British Museum Curator Talk

Join us for a free curator talk by The British Museum’s Naomi Speakman 'The British Museum’s Medieval Collection: The Creation of a National Repository'.

The British Museum owns one of the most important collections of medieval material in the world and this lecture will explore how in the 19th century this collection was formed. Although the British Museum was founded in 1753 it was not until nearly 100 years later that the institution began to make decided efforts to form a national collection of medieval material culture. The first medieval curator at The British Museum, A.W. Franks, was crucial in seeking out and acquiring treasures for the growing national collection to build the repository that exists today.

Naomi Speakman is the curator for late Medieval European collections at the British Museum. Her current research interests are gothic ivory carving, late Medieval metalwork and collecting history. Prior to joining The British Museum, Naomi worked at Bonhams, the V&A, she is currently undertaking a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art on the British Museum’s gothic ivory collection. Her publications include entries in Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe (2011) co-editor of The Hoxne Late Roman Treasure: gold, jewellery and silver plate (2010), and The British Museum Citole (forthcoming).

Queensland Museum & Sciencentre Theatre, Level 2
Free, no booking required (limited seating)
Times: 11am and 1.30pm



Event Details

12 December 2015
Level 2 Theatre

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