From 13 July 2017 to 14 July 2017


Dana Center, London

Registration for the second day of the workshop, Friday 14th July,  is open at this link:


Thursday 13th July, Blythe House (Project team and speakers)

9.45 : Tanner Room – Registration & coffee

10.15 : Clothworkers Seminar Room

  • Introductions and Welcome: Tim Boon (Science Museum) and Sandra Kemp (Victoria & Albert Museum)
  • Sandra Kemp introduces the ‘Universal Histories and Universal Museums’ project and the workshop themes


  • Tim Boon introduces the Science Museum archive / 1876 case study
  • Tim Boon leads object study session with objects from the Science Museum

12.30 Tanner Room – Lunch

1.30 Sandra Kemp et Chiara Zuanni (V&A) lead object study session with V&A Indian Writing box

2.15 Christopher Marsden (V&A) – Introduction to the V&A archive: science and art

3.15 Tanner Room – Tea

3.30 Clothworkers Seminar Room – First roundtable – chaired by Sandra Kemp

  • Rupert Cole (Science Museum) – Static displays: exhibiting the Royal Institution’s Nairne machines, 1802-present
  • Jonathan King (University of Cambridge) – Gallery or Greenhouse? Francis Fowke and the origin of ethnographic museum design
  • Alexander Scott (University of Wales Trinity St David) – Universal Exhibitions, Municipal Ambitions: The 1851 Great Exhibition and the Origins of Liverpool Public Museum

5.00 Tim Boon – Wrap up

5.30 End

Friday 14th July, Dana Centre (open to externals)

9.00 Registration & coffee

9.20 Introductions et accueil – Tim Boon and Sandra Kemp

9.30 Sandra Kemp – Themes arising from Day One and the press and public reception of the 1876 and Trocadéro exhibitions

10.00 Second roundtable – chaired by André Delpuech (Musée de l’Homme)

  • André Delpuech –  Introduction to the Trocadéro case study
  • Pascal Riviale (Archives Nationales) – Peruvian collections at the origins of the Musée d’ethnographie du Trocadéro. From the 1878 Universal Exhibition to the opening of the museum in 1882

11.15 Coffee


  • Séverine Dessajan (Université Paris Descartes – CNRS) – Scientific and artistic contributions to the foundation of the musée d’ethnographie du Trocadéro
  • Magdalena Ruiz Marmolejo (Université Paris-1 Sorbonne – Ecole du Louvre) – The first ethnographical collections in Paris : Amazonia in the Musée d’Ethnographie du Trocadéro.

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Session led by Chiara Zuanni and Rupert Cole in the Science Museum’s ‘Making of the Modern World’ Collections

2.15 Third roundtable – chaired by Tim Boon

  • Déborah Dubald (European University Institute, Florence) – ‘La Nature dans son ensemble se déroulera sous vos yeux’: manifold protagonists, changing spaces and natural knowledge in Lyon, 1800-1870
  • Roberto Limentani (EHESS/LAS) – The primitive form of things. Museography and science in Pitt Rivers’ anthropology of material culture.

3.15 Tea

3.30 Closing Discussion – chaired by Hervé Ingelbert (Université Paris Nanterre)

  • Hervé Ingelbert – Rapporteur, drawing together threads from the two days
  • Chiara Zuanni – Preview of the project online exhibition with ‘spotlight’ objects for from the 1876 and Trocadéro exhibitions
  • Discussion

5.00 End



Dana Center, London
9:00AM-5:00PM _____