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Henry A. McGhie

5 Collecting I n previous chapters, we have seen how Dresser began his collecting career by  shooting his own birds and searching for nests containing eggs,. This chapter explores the various sources, and tactics, that he and other ornithologist-collectors used to take their collecting to new heights. In the early days of his ornithological career, when Dresser was an avid field collector, he was usually keen that birds had ‘a sporting chance’, but he was not beyond killing birds on a grand scale or ‘breaking the rules’ of fair play in order to obtain a rare

in Henry Dresser and Victorian ornithology
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African objects, West African trade and a Liverpool museum
Zachary Kingdon and Dmitri van den Bersselaar

Museums Liverpool (NML) to shed light on this uneasy relationship between museums and the history of British imperialism. NML’s ethnology collections are displayed in the ‘World Cultures’ gallery of the World Museum Liverpool, which opened in 2005. The World Museum is the latest rebranding of a Liverpool institution first established in 1853, which has been collecting ethnographic objects alongside

in The empire in one city?
John M. MacKenzie

, hunting. In all of these, there tended to be a considerable interaction between imperial territories and the metropolis, particularly if senior members of the military inherited or acquired estates in Britain. Among all of these, animals were perhaps the subject of particularly intense fascination. The rest of this chapter is devoted to the examination of the military’s relationship with hunting and the manner in which the resulting trophies became a significant aspect of collecting activities. These constituted at the same time souvenirs of service and of travels

in Dividing the spoils
Post-connoisseurial dystopia and the profusion of things
Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan

What not to collect? Post-connoisseurial dystopia and the profusion of things Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan Imagine a museum storeroom lined with shelves and racks. These are filled with boxes and objects, labelled by number and name. On one shelf sit a dozen or so radios, mainly from the 1950s, hefty things with dials and wood veneer. On another are six seemingly identical stoneware bedwarmers from the early twentieth century. A tall shelving unit is packed with ceramics – teacups, bowls, jugs, plates – and other, unidentifiable things. A bedframe leans

in Curatopia
Jemma Field

3 Collecting and display In April 1619, Lady Anne Clifford (1590–1676) travelled to Denmark House to pay her respects to the recently deceased Stuart queen. Later recalling in her diary that she had dutifully ‘sat a good while there by the Queen’s corpse’, she added that she ‘then went into the privy galleries and showed my cousin Mary those fine delicate things there’.1 Although Clifford is regrettably circumspect in her description, her actions and comments are importantly suggestive of Anna of Denmark’s reputation as a collector who piqued the interest of her

in Anna of Denmark
Desmond Thomas

At a glance, the dearth of research that exists today in relation to regimental museums in the UK, and their collecting practices, is rather surprising given that the collections they hold represent a sizeable portion of the UK’s military history and heritage. Due to the role of the various corps and regiments in the conquest, garrisoning and establishment of the British Empire, their collections house many objects which demonstrate, at least partially, the material culture of Britain’s imperial and foreign policies from the seventeenth century onwards. However

in Dividing the spoils
Stephanie Barczewski

collecting Many British country houses were littered with imperial objects, often reflecting familial associations that stretched back multiple generations. Archibald Stirling went to India in the 1740s and amassed a fortune. An inventory of the Stirling family’s estate at Keir in 1878 shows that the legacy of Stirling’s sojourn in the subcontinent was still visible in the house

in Country houses and the British Empire, 1700–1930
The library of Edward Worth
Elizabethanne Boran

Modern medical libraries in Ireland have not survived intact. 1 Dr Edward Worth’s collection is one of the few which do, and it provides us with important information about Worth’s own medical interests and collecting policies. His decision to include in his bequest fifty-seven book auction and sale catalogues dating from 1723–33 (the year of his death), not only provide an insight into how, when, where and why Worth himself bought books, but also allows us to compare his medical collection with that of an unnamed ‘eminent

in Early Modern Ireland and the world of medicine
The work of Eugène Atget, a shift in photographic representation
Guillaume Le Gall

Les Fortifications de Paris is one of the great landmarks of modernity, first, in its photographic compositions marked by large voids and close-ups, and second, in its structure. To be clear, Atget did not take random photographs; he was in fact guided by a specific ambition that defined all of his work, that is, to collect visual traces of the old Paris before it was bound to disappear. Knowing that, Atget’s modernity thus lies in this creation of a large project built through a specific and systematic method. The now forgotten fortifications of Paris were a

in 1913: The year of French modernism
Bronwyn Labrum

15 Collecting, curating and exhibiting cross-cultural material histories in a post-settler society Bronwyn Labrum Introduction: a history curator looks back (and forward) This chapter is a ‘think piece’ about history curating in a postcolonial context through a focus on objects. My field is Aotearoa New Zealand, a former British colony in the South Pacific. I want to raise issues to do with Pākehā (European, non-Indigenous) curatorship in relation to, and also in contrast with, Indigenous collections and displays. I pose the questions: What does a twenty

in Curatopia