Past Event

James Delbourgo - Ten Things you Didn't Know about Hans Sloane, Founder of the British Museum, And Wanted To

March 1, 2019
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
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Schemerhorn Extension (Room 951), Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Event Description: 

James Delbourgo's research combines the history of science with imperial and global history and the history of collecting and museum studies. His latest book, Collecting the World (2017), explores global natural history collecting and the career of Hans Sloane, which culminated in the foundation of the British Museum in 1753. The book examines Sloane's career from his background in Ulster and voyage to the slave society of Jamaica to his creation of a network of collectors who gathered curiosities throughout the world, making possible the establishment of the British Museum.

Event Speaker: 

James Delbourgo is a Professor of History at Rutgers Unversity. He is currently working on a variety of projects including the globalization of the early modern science narrative, entitled The Knowing World; and on the figure of the collector in a range of fields and geographies throughout history, entitled Who is the Collector?

Event Information: 

This event is free and open to the public. Hosted by the Columbia Center for Archaeology. For more information, please visit the event page