GLAM Research Seminar Series 2020

The GLAM Research Seminar Series is a new initiative for 2020. Open to all, they are designed to showcase the work of GLAM researchers and to foster synergies across the division. 

Upcoming seminars

The drawings by Raphael (1483-1520) at the Ashmolean Museum: new approaches and discoveries

Angelamaria Aceto, Research Assistant (Italian Drawings Project), Ashmolean Museum

Friday 4 December, Zoom, 1-2pm

A giant of  Western art, Raphael is unquestionably one the most creative and influential draughtsman of all time. The Ashmolean Museum is fortunate to be the repository of the most important group of his drawings for scope, quality and historical significance in the world. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, the seminar will introduce some case-studies from the collection, while highlighting new recent discoveries. 

This event will take place online; the link to the webinar will be shared two days in advance. 

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Previous seminars

Suspended in time

Dr Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente, Museum Research Fellow, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Thursday 30 January, Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, 1-2pm

Amber, fossilised plant resin, is able to transport in time small portions of ancient ecosystems. These became trapped in the resin almost instantly, including diverse organisms preserved in stunning detail. But, how is amber gathered, prepared and studied, from the field to the laboratory? What sort of data about life on Earth millions of years ago can be obtained from this fascinating material?


The shipwreck in a diamond mine: analysing the ivory cargo of a 16th century Portuguese merchant ship

Dr Ashley Coutu, Research Fellow, Pitt Rivers Museum

Thursday 12 March, Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, 1-2pm

In southwest Namibia in 2008, diamond mining uncovered the remains of the Portuguese vessel Bom Jesus, which wrecked off the coast of Namibia in 1533 AD.  Over forty tons of cargo was found, including gold and silver coins, copper ingots, navigational equipment, and 100 complete tusks of elephant ivory.  We used a combination of analyses to source the tusks to West African habitats, revealing patterns of ivory acquisition and circulation during the formative stages of maritime trade that linked Europe, Africa, and Asia.