Sloane's Treasures

The British Museum, in collaboration with CAHR and the British Library, has secured an AHRC ‘Science in Culture’ Exploratory Award to develop future cross-disciplinary research projects on Sloane’s collection. These projects will bring together academics, librarians, curators, and other experts, from the arts, the humanities and the sciences, in a dialogue on crucial science and culture questions relating to the collections.

Workshop 1: Understanding Sloane’s Natural Objects

The first Sloane’s Treasures workshop was held at the Natural History Museum in April 2012.  Participants listened to presentations on aspects of Sloane’s collection held by the Museum, such as Sloane’s herbarium, minerals and vegetable substances.  Participants also received a tour of parts of the Museum, such as the Botany and Mineralogy departments and the Electron Microscopy and Mineral Analysis unit (EMMA), to learn what current research was being conducted on Sloane at the Museum.  Following this, discussions were held on both the digitisation of the Museum’s Sloane materials and the research questions which might be asked of those materials, and on the public engagement activities which might be held alongside such projects.

Listen to the podcast for presentations, tours, and discussions from the workshop. 

Understanding Sloane's Natural Objects

Workshop 2: Understanding Sloane’s Artificial Rarities

The second Sloane’s Treasures workshop was held at the British Museum in May 2012.  In the morning, participants listening to a variety of presentations on aspects of Sloane’s collection held by the Museum and the research being conducted on them; including Sloane’s prints, drawings, Chinese glass, Islamic seals, antiquities, and ethnographic items.  In the afternoon, participants continued their discussions and developed their ideas on digitisation, research, and public engagement opportunities associated with the Sloane collection.

Listen to the podcast for presentations and discussions from the workshop.

Sloane's 'Artificial Rarities'

Workshop 3: Text and Transcription

The third Sloane’s Treasures workshop was held at the British Library in July 2012.  In the morning, participants listened to a series of presentations on aspects of Sloane’s collection held at the Library, including Sloane’s manuscripts, printed books, maps, Chinese material, and drawings.  In the afternoon, participants discussed and developed their ideas on research opportunities afforded by the Sloane collection in the digital humanities, visualisation of data and crowdsourcing. 

Listen to the podcast with discussions from this workshop.

Texts and Transcription