From Anna Marie Roos:

Collecting and Collections: Digital Lives and Afterlives

The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

14-15 November 2019

The shift from the  disordered Kunstkammer or curiosity cabinet of the Renaissance to the ordered Enlightenment museum is well known. What has to be explored fully is the process through which this transformation occurred. Collective Wisdom, funded by an AHRC International Networking Grant, explores how and why members of the Royal Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Leopoldina (in Halle, Germany) collected specimens of the natural world, art, and archaeology in the 17th and 18th centuries.

In three international workshops, we are analysing the connections between these scholarly organisations, natural philosophy, and antiquarianism, and to what extent these networks shaped the formation of early museums and their categorisation of knowledge.

Workshop III, concerning the afterlives, use and reconstruction of early modern collections is designed to benefit scholars interested in digital humanities.

We will explore digital approaches to survey collections over time, assisted by the Royal Society-Google Cultural Institute partnership. How can we data-mine and use tools to integrate extant databases? How did the norms of early modern academies of scientific journal publication, priority of discovery and ‘matters of fact’ shape the organisation of knowledge? How do we consider those early modern models in digital reconstructions of early collecting?

Speakers include:

Min Chen (Oxford), Mary-Ann Constantine (Wales), Natasha David (Google), Michelle DiMeo (Hagley), Louisianne Ferlier (The Royal Society), Rainer Godel (Leopoldina), Rob Iliffe (Oxford),  Neil Johnston (TNA), Suhair Khan (Google), Nigel Leask (Glasgow),  Miranda Lewis (Oxford), Alice Marples (Oxford), Alessio Mattana (Turin),  Julianne Nyhan (UCL), Torsten Roeder (Leopoldina), Anna Marie Roos (Lincoln), Giacomo Savani (University College Dublin), Cornelis Schilt (Oxford), Tom Scott (Wellcome), Aron Sterk (Lincoln), Matthew Symonds (CELL, UCL).

£100 registration fee, full (includes lunches, coffees and music concert)

£50 registration fee, students and concessions (includes lunches, coffees and music concert)

Registration, programme, and abstracts:

Free registration for music concert following the workshop

For more information about the Collective Wisdom project see



25 June 2019: University of Lincoln, 10.30-16.00

Come Together: Developing collaboration between archives services and Higher Education

Cost: Free (funded by MALD/TNA/History UK)

Audience: Archive staff, academics, and higher education staff considering, or working on, cross-sector collaborations and/or partnerships.  The workshop is open to academics from all disciplines.

Numbers: 15 Archive sector/15 Higher Education Sector

This one-day workshop will introduce the National Archives’ revised‘Guide to Collaboration between the archive and higher education sectors’. It will also explore practical ways to identify, develop, and sustain cross-sector collaborations.  It will include:

  • Understanding the archive and higher education sectors – drivers, initiatives, support, and language
  • Identifying organisational and project priorities
  • The collaborative lifecycle
  • Understanding outputs and outcomes – mutually beneficial and sector/organisational specific
  • Measuring impact in cross-sector collaborations
  • An outline of recent updates to REF, TEF and Research Councils
  • Priority setting for partnerships
  • Networking opportunities between the sectors

Registration 1030 | Start 1100 | Finish 1600

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To facilitate effective networking, spaces are allocated evenly between the archive and Higher Education sectors.  We would recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.



5 June, 2019: UoL School of Design Seminar, 13.30-14.30, in Alfred Tennyson Building 3207.

Dr. Sarah Feinstein (Lecturer in Museology, University of Manchester): ‘Social History as Social Capital: the Case of Northern Ireland’


5 June 2019: University of Derby, Kedleston Road. One-day event ‘Ugly Politics, Fragile World? Current debates in global heritage’ For more, visit


3 and 4 June 2019: Heritage Dot, an international conference on digital cultural heritage. For more information, visit