Monthly Archives: November 2014

Wellby Collection at the Ashmolean

The latest Ertegun House visit to the Ashmolean transported the scholars to the early-modern ‘cabinet de curiosités’, a space that mixes and mingles the natural and the artificial, the domestic and the exotic, the old and the new, the aesthetic and the useful. The Ashmolean’s Keeper of Western Art, Timothy Wilson, introduced us to the […]

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Our visit to the Tower of London on November 8th was never going to be about disinterested contemplation of an art work. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is the name of the installation by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper; although I’ve found it more often referred to in variations of “the (Tower of […]

The Moral Teaching of the Humanities

To paraphrase the brief of this seminar, it proposed that (British?) university programmes in the Humanities have been reticent in discussing ethics. Ethical crises such as the Financial Crisis of 2008 may have had direct involvement from many graduates of such programmes. It asks whether there’s anything that universities and Humanities departments can or should […]

Ming: 50 Years That Changed China Exhibition

After viewing the memorial poppies at the Tower of London, a group of Ertegun Scholars made its way by underground to the British Museum to visit the special exhibition “Ming: 50 years that changed China”. Just two weeks prior, the exhibition’s co-organizer, Professor Craig Clunas, gave a lunchtime talk at Ertegun House to introduce the […]

Fit for a Pharaoh: The Authorised Facsimile of Tutankhamun’s Tomb

One evening during the final week of the Ashmolean’s ‘Discovering Tutankhamun’ exhibition, a group of 40 or so people flocked to the museum’s basement lecture theatre to witness the fantastically exciting results of a combination of archaeology, art, and modern technology. Adam Lowe, the director and founder of Factum Arte – a Spanish-based company that […]