Pair of ivory writing tablets, France, circa 1300, The British Museum, 1856,0509.2. © The Trustees of the British Museum


‘Rich treasures of ivory carvings’: collecting, studying and exhibiting late medieval ivories in nineteenth-century Britain

  • Monday 21 November 2022
    (6pm following the Society's AGM at 5pm)
  • The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT
  • Lecturer: Dr Naomi Speakman

This lecture will follow the Society’s 2022 AGM and a joint ticket will be issued for both events.

The lecture will explore the afterlife of late medieval ivory sculpture by examining their collecting and reception in nineteenth-century Britain. By tracing the object journeys of medieval ivories and establishing who collected them and why, a bigger picture emerges about the increasing popularity of medieval art during this era, the growth of museums and the intellectual networks inhabited by collectors, dealers and curators.


 Dr Naomi Speakman is curator of Late Medieval Europe at the British Museum. She completed her PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art on the collecting and reception of medieval ivories in nineteenth-century Britain and is preparing a monograph drawn from her doctoral research.

Members only

Places available

Book places