POSTPONED: Circular Thinking Study Day

POSTPONED: Circular Thinking Study Day
27 Mar 2020, 10:00 to 27 Mar 2020, 15:30
Warburg Institute and British Museum

The Warburg Institute is sorry to have to announce the postponement of this event in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and we hope to be able to reschedule in the very near future.

Drawing upon examples from the Middle Ages and early Renaissance period, the ‘Circular Thinking’ study day comprises a practical workshop and museum visit. Participation is free and open to the public. Space, however, is limited; book early to avoid disappointment.

Study-day participants are encouraged to attend the ‘Circular Thinking’ lecture and panel discussion. 

Lecture Room, Warburg Institute

Mustering an array of evidence—extant compasses, textual references, pictures and the physical traces of their use—the workshop will begin with an overview of what we know about compass use in Europe between ca. 500 to 1500, and how we know it. Participants will learn the rudiments of compass design in a hands-on practicum and bring this knowledge to bear on facsimiles of historic objects, working together to reconstruct the manoeuvres behind their making. Compasses will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have one! 

Museum Visit
British Museum (Montague Place entrance, WC1E 7JW)

The museum visit is an opportunity to examine premodern compasses and compass work in the company of the ‘Circular Thinking’ organisers and speakers.

Study-day schedule

10:00am Coffee & tea (optional)

10:15–10:30 Participant introductions

10:30–11:15 Premodern compass introduction 

11:15–11:30 BREAK

11:30am–1:00pm Practicum

1:00–2:00 LUNCH (on own)

2:00                        Meet at British Museum Montague Place entrance, WC1E 7JW

2:00–3:30 Museum visit

image: © The British Library Board (Add MS 47682, fol. 2r)


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