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November 2017

Lost and found: the serendipity of collecting

November 25, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cambridge University Library, Cambridge University Library
Cambridge, East of England CB3 9DR United Kingdom
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In the 19th century Cambridge scientists setting up museums relied on serendipity to acquire specimens. One of the greatest found objects was a whale that washed up on Pevensey Bay, Sussex, in 1865. Today, artist Jo Atherton works with objects gathered on the UK coastline. In this talk Jo will discuss the nature of lost and found objects with historian Boris Jardine. They will reflect on the moment of discovery, explore when lost becomes found, and examine the very human…

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