Bon Voyage? 250 years exploring the natural world
SHNH summer meeting and AGM in association with the British Ornithologists’ Club
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June 2018
(Lunch and tour of Knowsley Hall, Wednesday 13th June)
2018 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. A pivotal moment in the history of exploration, Cook’s voyages influenced many areas of science and endeavour – from astronomy and geology to natural history and anthropology.
This international meeting, held in association with the British Ornithologists’ Club, will focus on the lives, encounters, contributions and legacies of many of those involved in the history of natural history exploration around the world, from land to sea – the risks they took, the discoveries made, their contributions to science, and the ingenuity and endeavour involved in the process.
For those interested in the life and work of Lord Stanley, the 13th Earl of Derby, a lunch and tour of Knowsley Hall has been arranged for the afternoon of Wednesday 13th June. (Further information about arrangements for pickups from Liverpool City Centre and/or Liverpool South Parkway station around 12.00/12.30 will be circulated nearer the time).
The Society’s AGM will take place at lunchtime on Thursday 14th June.
Participants are encouraged to book their own accommodation. A list of hotels close to the World Museum are available on the Society’s website https://shnh.org.uk below.
Thursday 14th June
9.00-9.20 Registration outside Treasure House Theatre
9.20-9.30 Welcome to World Museum Liverpool
Cook, Banks and beyond…
9.30-10.15 Keynote Speaker – Jordan Goodman, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, In the Wake of Cook? Joseph Banks and his ‘Favorite Projects’
10.15-10.40 Edwin Rose, University of Cambridge, Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander and the practice of natural history on board HMS Endeavour (1768–71)
10.40-11.05 Maureen Lazarus and Heather Pardoe, National Museum Wales, Banks’ Florilegium: the first natural history artists recording the unknown
11.05-11.25 Break for tea / coffee
11.25-11.50 Jack Ashby, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, “Contrary to the general laws of nature”: Europe’s earliest encounters with Australian animals
11.50-12.15 Stanislav Strekopytov, Natural History Museum, Instructions for preservation of natural history specimens at the time of Cook’s voyages
12.15-12.40 Cam Sharp Jones, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Joseph Dalton Hooker’s techniques of collecting and recording the natural world
12.40-13.45 Lunch and viewing of posters
13.00-13.45 SHNH AGM and launch of ‘Naturalists in the Field’
Avian (and other) adventures
13.45-14.10 Zoë Varley, University of Sheffield and Natural History Museum, Robert FitzRoy: Captain, Collector and Collaborator
14.10-14.35 Edward Dickinson, Alcide Dessalines D’Orbigny (1802-1857): Voyageur-Explorateur for the Paris Museum – travels in Southern South America 1826 to 1834
14.35-15.00 Robert Prys-Jones, Scientific Associate, Natural History Museum, Wallace’s Sarawak bird collection and the development of his ornithological knowledge
15.00-15.20 Break for tea/coffee
15.20-15.45 Jude Philp, Macleay Museum, Sydney University Museums, A. S. Anthony, ‘’a man of colour’’
15.45-16.10 Lee Raye, Swansea University, Urban ravens, red kites and voyages to Britain
16.10-16.25 Further questions and announcements
16.30-17.15 and 17.15-18.00 Behind-the-scenes collection tours
Sign up to a maximum of two tours from a choice of botany, entomology and vertebrate zoology on a first come, first served basis at registration.
18.30 Join us for a complimentary drink sponsored by Brill to celebrate the launch of ‘Naturalist’s in the Field’ at The Ship and Mitre Public House.
19.00-21.30 Conference dinner (Pre-booked diners only) in the Function Room at The Ship and Mitre Public House, 133 Dale Street, L2 2JH.
Cost £15 per person including service. Payment to be collected by Gina Douglas upon registration.
Friday 15th June
9.00-9.15 Registration outside Treasure House Theatre
9.15-9.20 Welcome and announcements
Collecting and recording
9.20-9.45 Mark Carine, Fred Rumsey, Malcolm Penn, Natural History Museum, From Peckham to Pegu: the assembly and classification of the Sloane herbarium
9.45-10.10 Jeanne Robinson and Geoff Hancock, Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, William Hunter’s museum as a paradigm for 18th century collection practices
10.10-10.35 Jacek Wajer1, D.J. Mabberley and D.T. Moore, Natural History Museum1, Piecing together a 200 year-old botanical jigsaw: the search for the specimens of the Australian plants collected by Robert Brown during the Investigator voyage (1801-1805)
10.35-11.00 Luciana Martins, Birkbeck, University of London, William Milliken and Mark Nesbitt, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, An ethnobotanist avant la lettre: Richard Spruce collecting in South America
11.00-11.20 Break for tea/coffee
11.20- 11.45 Carlo Bovolo, Fondazione Filippo Burzio, Turin, An Italian Zoologist Around the World: Filippo De Filippi and the Scientific and Diplomatic Voyage of the “Magenta”
11.45-12.10 Rosi Crane, Otago Museum, Dunedin, Steamship Natural History
12.10-12.35 Andreia Salvador, Natural History Museum, The marine mollusca collection at the Natural History Museum: an overview of the legacy of oceanographical expeditions
12.35-13.00 Geraldine Reid, National Museums Liverpool, Exploring the Oceans – Seaweed Collecting Explored
13.00-14.00 Lunch and viewing of posters
14.00-14.25 Leslie Overstreet, Smithsonian Libraries, The (most important) books on the Beagle
14.25-14.50 Peter Davidson, National Museums Scotland, What colour is that? Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours and Exploration in the First half of the Nineteenth Century
14.50-15.15 Mark Graham, Natural History Museum, The early Fossil Preparators at the British Museum of Natural History and their sons: familial contributions to the field of Earth Sciences
15.15-15.35 Break for tea/coffee
15.35-16.00 Henry McGhie, The Manchester Museum, Henry Dresser and ‘self help’
16.00-16.25 Deborah Wace, Churchill Fellow 2018, Art and History in the French Garden at Recherche Bay; Labillardiere’s collections explored in contemporary art
16.25-16.40 Further questions, thanks and close of meeting
There are lots of accommodation options in the City Centre. The closest hotels to the World Museum are:
- Travelodge Haymarket, 25 Old Haymarket, Liverpool, L1 6ER
- Premier Inn (Moorfields), Liverpool City Centre, Vernon Street, L2 2AY
- Holiday Inn, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1NQ
- Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh Street, Liverpool, L3 5UL. Dating from 1914 – a terrestrial Titanic – and still afloat. Take a look around with this YouTube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxQlVxRaKVQ
A bit further away are:
- Easyhotel, 47 Castle Street, L2 9UA
- The Richmond, 24 Hatton Garden, Liverpool, L3 2AA
- Plus plenty of options in and around the Albert Dock
- There are lots of self-catering and apartment type places too, mostly around the Hanover Street area.
- See Booking.com or Laterooms.com for more options.
Liverpool gets booked up really fast, so we recommend booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment (and to get the best rates!)