Open Workshop – Programme

London 1600-1800: Communities of Natural Knowledge and Artificial Practice

An Open Workshop at the Science Museum, London, 16-17 June 2017

Location: Dana Research Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5HD


Friday 16 June 2017

Coffee and registration from 9:30


10:00-10:40        Introductory Session

Welcome – Rebekah Higgitt (University of Kent)

A new gallery: ‘London: Science City’ – Alexandra Rose (Science Museum)

Purpose and ambition of the Open Workshop – Jim Bennett (Science Museum)


10:40-12:00        Session A: Cultures of Practice (Chair: Stephen Johnston)

Instrument makers – Jane Desborough (Science Museum)

Practical mathematicians – Philip Beeley (University of Oxford)

‘Stationers’: printers and publishers – Kevin Tracey (U of Swansea/Science Museum)

Map, chart and globe makers – Sarah Tyacke (University of London)


12:10-13:00        Session B: New Spaces 1 (Chair: Sarah Dry)

Gresham College – Josh Scarlett (University of York/Science Museum)

The Royal Society – Noah Moxham (University of Kent)

Coffeehouses – Katy Barrett (Royal Museums Greenwich)


13:00-13:50 – Lunch


13:50-15:10        Session C: Trading Companies (Chair: Anne Goldgar)

Corporations in the early 17th century – Edmond Smith (University of Kent)

The East India Company – Anna Winterbottom (University of Sussex)

The Company of Royal Adventurers Trading into Africa – Patricia Fara (U of Cambridge)


15:10-15:30 – Tea & coffee


15:30-16:50        Session D: New Spaces 2 (Chair: John Christie)

Collections and museums – Kim Sloan and Victoria Pickering (British Museum)

The Society of Antiquaries – Anna Marie Roos (University of Lincoln)

The Freemasons – Diane Clements (Library and Museum of Freemasonry)


17:00-17:30        Guest Lecture

‘London: Networks of Connection, Structures of Support’ – Celina Fox


Saturday 17 June 2017


09:30-10:30        Session E: Metropolitan Medicine (Chair: Tim Boon)

Surgeons and Physicians, in and beyond the Colleges – Simon Chaplin (Wellcome Trust)

Society of Apothecaries – Anna Simmons (University College London)

Sites of medical practice – Anna Maerker (Kings College London)


10:30-11:40        Session F: City Companies (Chair: Patricia Fara)

The London Guilds – Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin (University of Kent)

Instrument makers in guilds – Gloria Clifton (Royal Museums Greenwich)

The Clockmakers’ Company – David Rooney (Science Museum)


11:40-12:00 – Tea & coffee


12:00-13:10        Session G: Workshop & Laboratory (Chair: Alison Boyle)

The Vauxhall Operatory – Haileigh Robertson (National Museums Scotland)

Machines in the city – Ben Russell (Science Museum)

The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce – Mat Paskins (Aberystwyth University)

Chemical London in the 18th century – John Christie (University of Oxford)


13:10-14:00 – Lunch


14:00-15:30        Session H: Offices of State (Chair: Rebekah Higgitt)

Overview and the Excise – William Ashworth (University of Liverpool)

The Board of Ordnance: knowledge is ‘firepower’ – Malcolm Mercer (Royal Armouries)

The Mint – Graham Dyer (Royal Mint Museum)

The Navy Board – Roger Knight (Institute of Historical Research, University of London)

The Royal Observatory – Louise Devoy (Royal Museums Greenwich)

The Board of Longitude – Sophie Waring (Science Museum)


15:30-15:50 – Tea & coffee


15:50 to end       Discussion (Chair: Jim Bennett)

With panel Alison Boyle (Science Museum), Rebekah Higgitt (University of Kent), Rob Iliffe (University of Oxford) and contributions and discussion welcome from all present.

A printable PDF version of the programme can be downloaded here. We thank the following for their generous support, which has made the workshop possible: the Royal Historical Society, the British Society for the History of Science, the School of History and Centre for the History of the Sciences at the University of Kent, and the Science Museum.


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