London 1600-1800: Communities of Natural Knowledge and Artificial Practice

Open Workshop at the Science Museum, London, 16-17 June 2017

Dr Rebekah Higgitt is pleased to announce an open workshop to launch and set the scene for the Metropolitan Science: Places, Objects and Cultures of Practice and Knowledge in London, 1600-1800 project. The Metropolitan Science project will be holding a scene-setting workshop at the Science Museum’s Dana Research Centre on 16-17 June 2017. (more details here).

The workshop seeks to establish the current state of research on corporations, institutions and less formalised cultures of practice in early modern London. Invited speakers are asked to focus on different institutional settings, drawing on their research and the wider literature to address questions such as:

  • Was this institution / group a repository of shared knowledge and skill, or did other interests predominate, or was it little more than a collection of individuals?
  • How was the shared knowledge or skill codified / managed / preserved / developed?
  • How did the ‘group’ see its own role in a knowledge culture?
  • What were its ambitions in relation to the wider context of London life?
  • Was it similar to, or seek to emulate, other groups?
  • Did it promote or to resist change?

An impressive list of speakers, including senior scholars and early career scholars, have been invited to give presentations and the full programme is available here.

Location: Dana Research Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5HD

Details of registration: