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General News / Published on Sunday, 13 August 2017

Seminars in the History of Collecting 2018 Call for Papers

The seminar series was established as part of the Wallace Collection’s commitment to the research and study of the history of collections and collecting, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Paris and London.  In 2018, as in previous years, we plan to organise a series of 10 seminars.

The Wallace Collection will be celebrating the bicentenary of Sir Richard Wallace’s birth in 2018. To mark the occasion we hope that the seminars will have a special emphasis on collecting in Paris and London during the second half of the nineteenth century.

We are also keen, though, to encourage wider contributions for 2018, covering all aspects of the history of collecting, including:

• Formation and dispersal of collections

• Dealers, auctioneers and the art market

• Collectors

• Museums

• Inventory work

• Research resources

The seminars, which are normally held on the last Monday of every month during the calendar year, excluding August and December, act as a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research into the history of collecting.

Seminars are open to curators, academics, historians, archivists and all those with an interest in the subject. Papers are generally 45-60 minutes long and all the seminars take place at the Wallace Collection between 5.30 and 7pm.

If interested, please send a short text (500 words), including a brief CV, indicating any months when you would not be available to speak, by 11 September 2017.  For more information and to submit a proposal, please contact:

Please note that we are able to contribute up to the following sums towards speakers’ travelling expenses on submission of receipts:
• Speakers within the UK – £ 80 • Speakers from Continental Europe – £ 160 • Speakers from outside Europe – £ 250

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