● 6 museums ● 6 projects ● 6 early career researchers ●

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Connecting with Collections Symposium
Mill Lane Lecture Room 1
8 Mill Lane
Cambridge CB2 1RX

Rebecca Wade (a recent graduate of a PhD programme, and current Associate Lecturer, at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies) will be one of six post-doctoral researchers to present their new research projects at a one-day symposium in Cambridge this September.  Between January 2013 and September 2013, the six researchers will have led individual AHRC-funded internship projects at six museums and collections across the University of Cambridge Museums.

Rebecca’s paper, ‘Casting Brucciani: Death Masks, Tightrope Walkers, Boxers and Murderers’, focuses on one of the makers of the plaster casts displayed at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Domenico Brucciani.

The six projects are part of an AHRC Connecting with Collections initiative that aims to transform access to the exceptional collections and research resources of the Cambridge University Museums.  The Connecting with Connections symposium will feature papers from each of the six early career researchers who will highlight the outcomes of the six projects.

The AHRC-funded programme incorporates a range of disciplinary approaches and outcomes. In addition, the early career researchers are engaging in public talks, education workshops, outreach, open days, digital blogs, presenting conference papers.  Each is curating an actual and/or virtual exhibition of their research.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr Sam Alberti (Director of Museums and Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons of England): ‘Objects of Knowledge: Using Material Culture in Twentieth-Century Museums’

Six researchers:
Rebecca Wade, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Leena Rana, Fitzwilliam Museum
Aaron Jaffer, Fitzwilliam Museum
Pippa Lacey, Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Seb Falk, Whipple Museum of the History of Science
Lorna Richardson, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Museum of Zoology

You can find out more about the symposium, the Connecting with Collections project and the funding bodies involved with the scheme on the project website here: http://connectingwithcollections.wordpress.com/

The symposium is free but booking is essential via Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4511522084

This programme is supported by University of Cambridge Museums (UCM), the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Arts Council England, through the UCM’s Connecting with Connections Initiative.