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A Re-enactment: Buckland’s Teaching Room

We were delighted to welcome Dr Susan Newell to give a talk focusing on a celebrated print from 1823, showing William Buckland teaching in the Ashmolean Museum. 

What appears to be a straightforward representation of an academic teacher in his lecture room, surrounded by specimens and illustrations, conceals a more complex story – interwoven with concerns around patronage, showmanship, romance, and the pressing need to convince audiences of the importance of the new science of geology. 

For this immersive event, the audience were seated in a recreation of Buckland's teaching room in our Upper Library. 


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