Ipswich Museum Conference

The Foundation of Art and Science

Botanical teaching aid John Henslow, 1840s. Ipswich Borough Council Collections

Part of the Art Science Nature seminar series, led by British Art Network bursary awardees Colchester and Ipswich Museums

Colchester and Ipswich Museums invites members of the subject specialist networks British Art Network and NatSCA - along with other interested museum professionals, academics, researchers, artists and beyond - to attend a seminar series on the connections between Art, Science and Nature to take place between January – March 2020.

This first seminar in the Art Science Nature series will explore the early foundations of Ipswich Museum and how key scientists and artists contributed to its creation. It will provide an opportunity to begin discussions on how art, science and nature play an integral part in museum collections.

The day will also include a chance to look at the natural history displays in Ipswich Museum and artworks from the stores.

Confirmed speakers

Emma Roodhouse, Collections and Learning Curator (Art), Colchester and Ipswich Museums
The Ipswich Museum Founders in Science and Art

Kate Riddington, Collections and Learning Curator (Natural Science), Colchester and Ipswich Museums
Secret Suffolk Scientists

Francesca Vanke, Senior Curator and Keeper of Fine and Decorative Art, Norfolk Museums Service
The Wonder of Birds: An Inter-disciplinary Collaboration

Donna Young, Curator of Herbarium, National Museums Liverpool
Where Art and Science Meet: Object Lessons

Bergit Arends, Curator and Researcher, University of Bristol & Sarah Wade, Research Manager, Science Museum
Decolonise! Ecologise! Contemporary Artists’ Strategies to Intervene in Natural History Museum Collection Displays

Julia McKinlay, Artist and PhD Researcher, Leeds Beckett University
Feeling the Underside: Encounters with a Xenophora Snail Specimen

Pandora Syperek, Art Historian
Hope in the Archive: Indexing the Natural History Museum’s Ecologies of Display

The series is funded by and forms part of the programme of the British Art Network, jointly led by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Ipswich Museum

Learning Studio

High St, Ipswich IP1 3QH

Date & Time

16 January 2020 at 10.30–16.00

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