BES SPRING MEETING 2024: Collecting Antiquities in the British Isles

Collecting Antiquities in the British Isles

Saturday 11th May 2024
University of Warwick (Coventry)


The British Epigraphy Society and the Humanities Research Centre at Warwick are delighted to invite you to a colloquium on ‘Collecting Antiquities in the British Isles’. We very much hope to attract a broad range of speakers interested not just in inscriptions, but also in the place of inscriptions within wider narratives of collecting from the 16th century onwards.

Please note that the registration deadline is 20th April

Please register via this link: 

£20 standard / £15 BES members & Uni of Warwick staff / £10 students


9.15 Welcome (Alison Cooley, President of BES/Director of HRC)

9.30-10.15 Charlotte Woodhead (Warwick Law School) ‘Legal perspectives on collecting in the British Isles’

10.15-11.00 Hardeep Singh Dhindsa (King’s College London) ‘The Classical and the Colonial: Visualising Spatial and Ideological Separation in Eighteenth-Century Collections’

11.00-11.20 Coffee break

11.20-12.05 Alexandra Solovyev (University of Oxford), ‘’Destruction committed chiefly by the English’: British and Ottoman Responses to J. T. Wood’s Excavations at Ephesus’

12.05-12.50 Peter Liddel (University of Manchester), ‘Scholarship and Safeguarding: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Narratives about Greek Inscriptions in the British Isles’

12.50-13.40 Lunch

13.40-14.25 Alan Montgomery (Independent scholar), ‘Authentick Vouchers of Antiquity’: Collecting Roman Inscriptions in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

14.25-15.10 Shushma Malik (University of Cambridge) and Jane Masséglia (University of Leicester), ‘It takes a village: actors and extras in the making of the ‘Bankes’ collection’

15.10-15.55 Caroline Barron (Durham University), ‘A Museum of Learned Lumber: Romano-British inscriptions at Rokeby Hall’

15.55-16.15 Tea break

16.15-17.00 Benet Salway (UCL) ‘An unpublished cinerary casket and other Roman antiquities at Nymans House, Sussex’

17.00-17.45 Alexander Thein (University College Dublin) ‘A verse Latin funerary inscription in University College Dublin’

17.45-18.15 Concluding roundtable discussion

18.15 Drinks

19.00 Dinner (at participants’ own cost)

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