Soirées, science and museums: region and metropolis, 1850 - 1924
Project Leads: Professor Sandra Kemp, The Ruskin and Keith Moore, The Royal Society
This collaborative project, which started in 2017, charts the evolution of the nineteenth-century phenomenon of Royal Society soirées - exhibitions and events showcasing technological, scientific, and cultural innovations for the future - from their peak in the mid nineteenth century until after the first world war. The project explores the influence of soirées on the development of collecting and display practices in national museums. It will include digitisation of the Royal Society soirée programmes.
PhD Student: Ann-Marie Richardson
Arts and Humanities Research Council, North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, Collaborative Doctoral Award
This PhD studentship explores gender and the role of women at the soirées from the mid 19th to the early 20th century.
Image: Royal Society Soirée (© The Royal Society)