Emma Peacocke on Thomas Campbell’s Institutions and Lord Grondale’s Museum of Dissipation

Emma Peacocke’s paper for the ‘Institutions as Curators’ workshop explored the topic from two different but complementary angles.  The first half of her talk considered the institutional interactions of the poet, lecturer and editor Thomas Campbell, who was instrumental in the founding of the University of London and an unusually Read More

Richard De Ritter on Encountering the Wonders of Nature: The Leverian Museum in Writing for Children, 1800-1805

(Many thanks to Richard De Ritter (University of Leeds) for sending through an overview of his paper from the ‘Institutions as Curators’ workshop, along with his PowerPoint.  We’re currently building up an archive of the workshop’s discussions and will be posting a series of further updates over the coming weeks.) Read More

Willy Maley on Institutions and Literature in the Seventeenth Century: From the Third University to the Royal Society

The ‘Institutions as Curators’ workshop opened with a talk by Willy Maley, Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Glasgow.  Willy’s presentation began by examining the word ‘lucriferous’, a coinage of Samuel Hartlib’s circle that maps closely onto the priorities for institutional development during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Read More