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During June 2012, UCL’s free, public, Lunch Hour Lectures will be uprooted from their usual residence at UCL and go on tour to The British Museum. This summer series of four Lunch Hour Lectures will feature introductions by British Museum curators, and discuss: new discoveries in Neanderthal excavations; why anyone would want to visit museum collections online; how the smell of historical objects can reveal new information; and how putting artworks under the microscope can help us re-evaluate our knowledge of important pieces.

Lunch Hour Lectures on Tour - 2012 - Audio Various

    • Wissenschaft

During June 2012, UCL’s free, public, Lunch Hour Lectures will be uprooted from their usual residence at UCL and go on tour to The British Museum. This summer series of four Lunch Hour Lectures will feature introductions by British Museum curators, and discuss: new discoveries in Neanderthal excavations; why anyone would want to visit museum collections online; how the smell of historical objects can reveal new information; and how putting artworks under the microscope can help us re-evaluate our knowledge of important pieces.

    Discoveries and re-evaluations: painting practices under the microscope - Audio

    Discoveries and re-evaluations: painting practices under the microscope - Audio

    Paintings are not always what they seem to be on the surface. Technical investigation, particularly of pigments, has revealed not only surprising differences between the present and the original appearance of works – a violet colour transformed to pale orange, for example - but also the use of unexpected ingredients for certain effects. Recognising the changes to colouring as well as identifying materials can lead to re-evaluation of both the meaning and sometimes the date and attribution of images. This talk uncovers the practices of artists as different as Hilliard and Reynolds; highlighting those of Elizabethan portraitists in the lifetime of Shakespeare. It also asks what this new information means.

    • 52 Min.
    A book by any other name would smell as sweet - Audio

    A book by any other name would smell as sweet - Audio

    Few people would fail to recognise the bittersweet and musty smell of a historic library, yet not many would know that this bouquet also tells us what heritage objects are made of. To the heritage scientist, it is intensity of smells that often reveals how quickly objects decay, and the development of breathalysers for this purpose may help in their conservation. This lecture will discuss how sniffing objects can thus reveal crucial information, and how smell is also part of an object’s history and part of how we enjoy our heritage.

    • 37 Min.
    Virtual Visitors: Why would anyone want to visit the virtual British Museum collections online? - Audio

    Virtual Visitors: Why would anyone want to visit the virtual British Museum collections online? - Audio

    Launched in October 2007, the British Museum provides virtual access to objects and collections via an online database, and by the end of 2009 nearly 2 million records had been made available. However, why would anyone want to view a collection online rather than in person, and what would they use it for?

    This Lunch Hour Lecture, by Dr Terras, Deputy Director of UCL's Centre for Digital Humanities, will discuss what is known about the use of this virtual online resource, and if indeed it is even used. This talk will also present analysis undertaken by UCL's Centre for Digital Humanities in conjunction with Claire Ross and Vera Motyckova and colleagues at the British Museum.

    • 50 Min.
    At home with the Neanderthals: Excavations at la Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey - Audio

    At home with the Neanderthals: Excavations at la Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey - Audio

    The Neanderthals represent an incredibly successful and distinctive experiment in being human, they evolved as a separate human lineage over half a million years before apparently disappearing around 40,000 years ago. During this period they occupied large parts of Europe and Western Asia, developed sophisticated tools, mastered fire and engaged in the hunting of large mammals across a variety of different environments. La Cotte de St Brelade, on the Channel Island of Jersey, is one of the best sites in the world for understanding Neanderthals and their achievement. In this lecture Dr Matt Pope will report on new work being carried out on this mega-site and will consider the evolution and ultimate fate of our closest evolutionary relative.

    • 52 Min.

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