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Visual Sources for Historians

Event Details

Visual Sources for Historians

Time: February 10, 2009 at 10:45am
Location: Institute of Historical Research
Street: Malet Street
City/Town: London
Website or Map: http://www.history.ac.uk/trai…
Phone: 020 7862 8763
Event Type: course
Organized By: Institute of Historical Research
Latest Activity: Jan 5, 2009

Event Description

In response to an increasing interest in visual culture by historians and the growing importance of the visualisation of history, this course for Spring 2009 introduces issues and approaches to the use of visual sources in historical research in the modern period. Structured around lectures, discussions and visits, the course will offer the opportunity for students to consider films, paintings, photographs, architecture and design in situ- in galleries, museums and the built environment - as well as provide an introduction to visual sources held in archives and libraries. Students will also have the opportunity to talk in detail to librarians and archivists about their own research needs, and to find out more about how particular libraries, museums and other archives may be useful to them. The course is open to all students registered for a higher degree in history or cognate disciplines at a university in the UK.

The course takes the form of full-day sessions mostly held on Tuesdays (although see below for exceptions) over the course of five weeks. The sessions will start with a lecture, normally held at the IHR, followed by a seminar discussion. After lunch each week, the group will visit a gallery or institution of relevance to the week's topic.


The programme is unconfirmed, but will be approximately as follows:

First Session: Tuesday 10 February
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee, Welcome and Registration (IHR Common Room)
Dr Lynne Walker and Dr Simon Trafford
11:30 - 13:00 Seminar:PHOTOGRAPHY, Royal Institute of British Architects
Robert Elwall, Curator, RIBA Photographs Collection
14:30 - 16:30 Visit: Museum of London, Photographs Collection,
Mike Seabourne, Curator, MOL Photographs Collection

Second Session: Tuesday 17 February
10:45 - 12:00 Lecture/Seminar: PAINTING, Gallery talk and visit, National Maritime Museum (NMM), Greenwich

12:00 - 13:00 Visit:Atlantic Worlds Gallery, which depicts connections between Europe, Africa and the Americas and considers themes such as empire, slavery and resistance
14:00 - 15:00 Visit: NMM Archives and LibraryEleanor Gawne, Archivist and Caird Librarian
15:00 - 16:00 Visit: The Royal Observatory, to consider the visualisation of time, space and chronology

Third Session: Tuesday 24 February
10:45 - 12:45 Seminar: ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, IHR
Dr Lynne Walker
14:00 - 16:00 Visit: Buildings as primary sources. Visit St Pancras International and the Midland Hotel (hotel exterior only) Dr Lynne Walker

Fourth Session: Monday 2 March
10:45 - 12:00 Visit: PORTRAITS, National Portrait Gallery
Gallery talk
12:00 - 13:00 IT Gallery
Zaheen Quaiser, NPG
14:00 - 15:00 Visit: Heinz Archive and Library, NPG
Paul Cox, Deputy Head of Library & Archive
15:00 - 16:00 Visit: Photographs Collection, NPG
Clare Freestone, Assistant Curator

Fifth Session: Thursday 12 March
10:45 - 12:45 Lecture/Seminar: FILM, IHR
Dr Lynne Walker
14:30 - 16:30 Visit: Film Archive, Imperial War Museum
Toby Haggith, Film and Video Archive, IWM


The course is open to postgraduates, academics and all who are interested in using visual material for historical research purposes.

The course fee is £175 with registrations required by 30 January 2009.

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