Letters and Legacies: The Correspondence between John Wallis and Hans Sloane

Adam Richter is a historian of science who specializes in the relationship between science and religion; he has published on John Wallis (1616-1703). Here, he writes about the correspondence between Wallis and Sloane. When Hans Sloane became secretary of the Royal Society in 1693, John Wallis was about to enter the last decade of his life. Wallis is best known as a mathematician, but he was … Continue reading Letters and Legacies: The Correspondence between John Wallis and Hans Sloane

Work Placement Experience on the ‘Enlightenment Architectures’ Project: Using Digital Humanities to help understand how Sloane organized his collection  

Editor’s Note: Over the past two years we have been fortunate to have had the assistance of twelve students working on various aspects of the project. They have come not only from the UK but also from Switzerland, America, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Korea and China. They have all made invaluable contributions and enabled us to do far more than we originally thought we could … Continue reading Work Placement Experience on the ‘Enlightenment Architectures’ Project: Using Digital Humanities to help understand how Sloane organized his collection  

New article published on the Enlightenment Architectures Project

The article “Digital Humanities in the Memory Institution: The Challenges of Encoding Sir Hans Sloane’s Early Modern Catalogues of His Collections” arising from the Enlightenment Architectures Project has been published in the open access journal Open Library of Humanities. Click here to access it. Abstract Catalogues are the core documents of museum structure and meaning. Yet no significant computational analysis has been made of how catalogues from the early … Continue reading New article published on the Enlightenment Architectures Project

The Enlightenment Gallery: A Brief Introduction

The Enlightenment gallery at the British Museum is unlike any other gallery in the museum. The objects are not limited to one time period, culture or theme, but instead range from the prehistoric era up until the beginning of the nineteenth century. They give us an insight into a variety of locations and cultures, from Japan to Jamaica, from Chile to China, as well as … Continue reading The Enlightenment Gallery: A Brief Introduction

Stepping into Sir Hans Sloane’s Shoe Collection

Sir Hans Sloane’s collection, then and now, brings together a vast array of objects from across a diverse range of themes that came from across the globe. Through analysing the 44 remaining catalogues of his collection, we can begin to get a sense of the range of topics that Sloane was interested in and collecting; these include antiquities, botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, zoology, manuscripts, printed … Continue reading Stepping into Sir Hans Sloane’s Shoe Collection