History seminars at the IHR

Early Modern Material Cultures

Convenors: Marta Ajmar (V&A/RCA), Sandra Cavallo (Royal Holloway), Christine Guth (V&A/RCA), Angela McShane (V&A/RCA), Filipo de Vivo (Birkbeck) 

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL unless otherwise stated

Time: Wednesday 5.00 pm at the V&A, 5.15 at the IHR

This annual summer series brings together scholars from a range of disciplines and approaches whose research that engages directly with material culture. Seminars alternate between presentations at the V&A and the IHR. Scholars and research students that would like to present in this series should contact one of the convenors above.

This year the series has been put together by the current Renaissance and Early Modern V&A/RCA History of Design MA students. They have asked each speaker to consider a single object in the light of their research interests.

Access to Seminar Rooms A and B is via the entrance to the Research Department. To get there, go the top of the staircase decorated with ceramic tiles that leads from the Asian Sculpture Galleries (Rooms 17-20)/Main Restaurant on the ground floor, up past the Silver Gallery (Room 70a).  From there the way to the seminar rooms will be signposted.  Please allow at least five minutes to get to the seminar room from the Museum entrances. Alternatively enquire at the Cromwell Road entrance main desk.

Summer Term 2014
DateSeminar details
7 May Curating The Cheapside Hoard

Hazel Forsyth (Curator at the Cheapside Hoard at the Museum of London)

Venue:  V&A Seminar Room A:  followed by drinks reception


14 May A microhistory of kitchen technology c. 1600-2014

Sarah Pennell (University of Roehampton)

Venue: Athlone Room 102, 1st floor, Senate House

Please note:  this session begins at the earlier time of 16:30


21 May Speaking at the IHR, subject to be confirmed.

Luca Mola (European University Institute)

Venue: Holden Room 103, 1st floor, Senate House


28 May Renaissance Drinking Culture and Renaissance Drinking vessels

Francois Quiviger (Warburg Institute)

Venue: Athlone Room 102, 1st floor, Senate House


4 June Panel discussion at the Victoria and Albert Museum


Living with the Virgin in the Colonial Andes: Images for personal devotion

Gabriella Ramos (Cambridge University)

Scribal Encounters: Royal Letters and the English East India Company
Miles Ogborn (Queen Mary University, London)

Jesuit Missionaries in China in the 16th Century
Mary Laven (Cambridge University)

Venue:  V&A Seminar Room B:  followed by a drinks reception.