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Jonathan Foyle (independent scholar): 'Material evidence: recently discovered royal joinery from the Tudor era'

Over the last thirty years, the internet has increasingly allowed independent scholars to privately research material culture in innovative ways. Techniques of online searches can prime discoveries, even if they're serendipitous. Such discoveries can sometimes extend the published understanding of a period. This talk explores Tudor royal joinery and furniture, which is generally assumed to have been destroyed during the Civil War, the survivals being held in royal or public collections. But if very few pieces are acknowledged, how can we identify and attribute unsuspected examples, which may extend the bounds of current scholarship? The onus falls on evidence. This talk presents several examples of discoveries, shares the experience of commissioning scientific reports - sometimes in conflict- and reconciling them with the analytical disciplines required to understand material culture.

This event is part of the A Material World: Private vs Public, which brings together academics and heritage professionals from a wide range of disciplines to discuss issues concerning historical objects, their materials, forms, and functions, as well as their conservation, presentation, display, and reconstruction.

Organisers: Rembrandt Duits (Deputy Curator, The Photographic Collection, The Warburg Institute) and Louisa McKenzie (The Warburg Institute).

All sessions during 2022-2023 will be delivered online.


Photo: © Gordon Plumb