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Exhibition Season: Annual Archaeological Exhibitions in London, 1880s-1930s

Thornton, A; (2015) Exhibition Season: Annual Archaeological Exhibitions in London, 1880s-1930s. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology , 25 10.5334/bha.252. Green open access

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Abstract

Annual archaeological exhibitions were a visible symbol of archaeological research. Held mainly in London, the displays encapsulated a network of archaeologists, artists, architects and curators, and showcased the work of the first generations of trained archaeologists. The exhibition catalogues and published reviews of the displays provide a unique method for exploring the reception and sponsorship of archaeological work overseas and its promotion to a fascinated, well connected and well moneyed public. The exhibitions were a space in which conversation and networking were as important as educational enrichment. This paper analyses the social history of the “annual exhibition” in archaeology, highlighting the development and maintenance of the networks behind archaeological research, the geography of London as a way to examine influence in archaeology, and the utility of exhibitions for archaeological publicity during this period of exploration.

Type: Article
Title: Exhibition Season: Annual Archaeological Exhibitions in London, 1880s-1930s
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/bha.252
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bha.252
Additional information: © 2015 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY 3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bha.252
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1467968
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