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Weekly Roundup of Curiosities #2

  • The Constructing Scientific Communities (@Conscicom) project and the Hunterian Museum have co-curated an exhibition on the history of vaccination, which is now open. Vaccination: Medicine and the Masses will run in the Qvist Gallery at the Hunterian Museum until Saturday 17 September. Admission is free. Further information on the exhibition and the opening hours are available on the Museum’s website. 

  • Guardian article by Geoffery Belknap on Conscicom – People power: how citizen science could change historical research.
  • Conscicom has also announced three seminars taking place at St Anne’s College. The Politics of Participation: Early Nineteenth Century Scientific Citizens, (on the 10th May) Imaginary Engines- Lovelace, Babbage, and the Analytical Engine, (on the 18th May), and Names and Numbers: “Data” in Classical Natural History, 1758–1859 (on the 7th June.)

  • Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century. Why were the Victorians so keenly aware of themselves? Why is the articulation of embarrassment such a preoccupation of nineteenth-century culture? This one-day symposium, funded by a Wellcome Trust ISSF Grant, will explore embarrassing moments in the nineteenth century, and consider the range of ways in which the period’s writers and thinkers represent and conceptualise these experiences
  • Sensational Butterflies is still on at The Natural History Museum. At the butterfly house on the Museum’s east lawn visitors can come face-to-face with tropical butterflies from around the world.
  • Science in Public: Past, Present and Future . University of Kent, Canterbury, 13-15 July 2016. Several panels will discuss questions of science and the public at different time periods; or consider relationships between historical and contemporary approaches to science in public
  • Bridging the Divide: Literature and Science. The relationship between literature and science has been a perennial subject of debate. Is there a divide between these two fields, or are they in fact two sides of one thing? The Universities of Kent and Sussex present a one-day conference on the 3rd June 2016, aimed at interrogating discourses around this subject.
  • Great project help transcribe Victorian Love Letters from a Victorian Valet to a Housekeeper http://victorianloveletters.com
  • Call For Papers – The ” Heart ” and ” Science ” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries, at Barts Pathology Museum, London.
  • Call For Papers – Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums.

Published by Rosalind White

I am a first-year PhD student at Royal Holloway looking at gender & emotions in the science & literature of the nineteenth-century. My research looks at how natural history in many ways dwelt within the feminine sphere of Victorian culture. And charts a more intimate, personal exploration of natural history that examines the lives of its practitioners beyond the impact of conventional watersheds.

One thought on “Weekly Roundup of Curiosities #2”

  1. A White says:

    I looked at some of the Victorian letters, they are just lovely like a snapshot in time.

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