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Transformative Research Legacies Series: John Garstang


Wednesday, 19 November 2014 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

Transformative Research Legacies Series: John Garstang

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In this talk, Dr Steven Snape (Director of the Garstang Museum) will discuss the legacy of John Garstang, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Liverpool from 1907 to 1941. Born and raised in Blackburn, Garstang initially studied mathematics at Oxford University but then turned his attention to Archaeology. Between 1897 and 1936 he undertook excavations in Britain, Egypt, Sudan, Anatolia, Syria and Palestine. Objects from these excavations form the basis of the collection which is now housed in the Garstang Museum at the University of Liverpool.

Steven will discuss the transformative nature of Garstang’s work in relation to the University of Liverpool, the North West and archaeological practice in the first half of the 20th Century. Further, focused on questions of the preservation of objects in the museum, Steven will address questions such as: What gives a collection of objects potency over time and in different contexts? Why was Garstang’s work in this regard valuable? How did it tie into transformations in other different fields?

The talk will be followed by an opportunity to visit the newly refurbished Garstang Museum.

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