The Hunterian Black History Month Talk Series

The Hunterian Black History Month Talk Series

Black History Month
Date: Tuesday 05 October 2021 - Tuesday 26 October 2021
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Venue: Online via Zoom
Category: Public lectures
Speaker: Hunterian Curators

Join Hunterian curators every Tuesday at 1.00pm this October for a special series of talks. Each will explore The Hunterian collection's cultural legacy from a different area of expertise, investigating Scotland's complicity in slavery and colonialism to reveal a more truthful rendering of the past.

The Hunterian is the oldest public museum in Scotland (1807), in one of the oldest Scottish universities (1451) and is deeply rooted in Scotland's complex and problematic history. Cultural heritage sites recognise that for years they have been complicit in perpetuating the ideologies of the previous centuries. The Hunterian is continuing this conversation by widening the range of responses to the objects held in its collections. 

1.00pm, Tuesday 5 October
Jeanne Robinson, Curator of Entomology
Trading in insects and souls – naturalist Henry Smeathman in 18th c. Sierra Leone

1.00pm, Tuesday 12 October
Dr. John Faithfull, Curator of Mineralogy
A story from the Hunterian mineral collections: British profits, gold mining, and enslaved labour in Brazil

1.00pm, Tuesday 19 October
Dr. Andy Mills, Curator for Archaeology & World Cultures
African Art collections at The Hunterian

1.00pm, Tuesday 26 October
Zandra Yeaman, Curator of Discomfort
The Barbados Pineapple Penny

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