A reminder about the Science Museum's latest series of Research Seminars. The first in the series will be at 1pm Tuesday 18 October, in the Lecture Theatre of the Science Museum. Details below:
The Department of Science and Art Revisited: The View from South Kensington
Tuesday 18 October 2016, 13.00–14.00, Science Museum Lecture Theatre
Dr Tim Boon, Head of Research and Public History at the Science Museum
Professor Bill Sherman, Director of Research and Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum
This seminar will offer a talk about – and in the guise of – the South Kensington Museum, which was the original home of what was later split into the V&A Museum and the Science Museum. It was created by the government's Department of Science and Art, which was run by Henry Cole, the South Kensington Museum's founding director and the prime mover behind the Great Exhibition of 1851.
By considering the prehistory of the Department and Museum, we intend to put the Victorian relationship between science and art into both long and local perspectives. We will cover the period of roughly 50 years during which the two collections lived in a single organisation, the reasons why they were split circa 1900, and the present-day opportunities in museums and universities for reconnecting them.
Full programme details can be found on the Science Museum webpages: