History events at the IHR

Sloane's Collecting - 17th Century Jamaica as Britain's window on the world

09 December 2013, 18:00 - 20:00

Event Type: Seminar


Jonathan C.H. King (former Keeper of Anthropology, British Museum)


As a young physician, Sir Hans Sloane accompanied the Duke of Albemarle to Jamaica;  there he collected objects and observations in all his encounters.  Later at the Royal Society and as royal physician, Sloane published 50 papers and, in the 18th century, two volumes on Jamaica (1707, 1725), models for later collecting projects.

Jonathan King worked at the British Museum from 1975-2012, latterly as Keeper of Anthropology.  He is a member of the Council of the Hakluyt Society and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.   He has published extensively, most recently Extreme Collecting:  Challenging Practices for 21st Century Museums (conference proceedings, Oxford:  Berghahn, 2012) and Turquoise:  History, Science and Culture in Mexico and North America (London 2012).  

Venue: Room 104 (Senate House, first floor)

Senate House
Malet Street 
London WC1E 7HU 

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