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Author Talk with James Delbourgo: “The Origins of Public Museums: Hans Sloane’s Collections and the Creation of the British Museum”

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Synopsis: This event celebrates the publication of "Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum," a new biography of Sloane by Rutgers historian James Delbourgo.
Start Time: Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:30 PM
End Time: Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:00 PM
Location: Voorhees Hall Incl Zimmerli Art Museum
Address: 71 Hamilton Street
Campus: College Avenue
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: Free
Speaker: James Delbourgo
Sponsor: Zimmerli, History Dept, Center for Cultural Analysis
Category: Talk, Lecture, Seminar
Web Site: http://zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu/programs-events/lectures-films-and-performances
Contact Name: Zimmerli Art Museum
Contact Email: info@zimmerli.rutgers.edu
Contact Phone: (848) 932-7237
Additional Information: In 1759, London’s British Museum opened its doors for the first time – the first free national public museum in the world. But how did it come into being? This talk discusses the life of the museum’s founder: Sir Hans Sloane. Born in 1660, Sloane amassed a fortune as a London society physician, became president of the Royal Society and Royal College of Physicians, and assembled an encyclopedic collection of specimens and objects – the most famous cabinet of curiosities of its time – which became the foundation of the British Museum.
Target Audience: Current Students,  Researchers,  Visitors,  Commuters,  Donors & Supporters,  Undergraduate Students,  Graduate Students,  Prospective Students,  Faculty,  Staff,  Alumni,  General Public,  Parents & Families