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Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Archives and Special Collections host regular free exhibitions in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library and at the Strand campus, open to both King's staff and students and the wider public.

Weston Room exhibition caseThe material exhibited gives an indication of the breadth and depth of our collections.

Recent exhibitions have seen material exhibited on topics related to the bicentenary of the publication of James Parkinson's Essay on the shaking palsy, World War One, and Book illustration.

When these exhibitions are taken down, we often digitise them to create online exhibitions.

Current Maughan Library exhibition

Our current Maughan Library exhibition, entitled 'The printed page' examines the work of the printer over the past 500 years, through a selection of items from the Foyle Special Collections Library. Some of these items were printed in the vicinity of the Maughan Library, the area most closely associated with the historic British book trade.

The exhibition showcases some of the Foyle Special Collections Library's material relating to the development and changing formats of books through the centuries.

The exhibition runs from Monday 19 March until Saturday 30 June 2018.

Please see the link here or to the right for further information and a link to an exhibition ticket and guide.

Current exhibitions

King's building foyer exhibition

The classical ‘HIS’ and ‘HERS’…

The current display in the Entrance Hall showcases the Modern Classicisms project at King’s, exploring ‘classical art and contemporary artists in dialogue’. The two display cases are centred around the ‘HIS’ and the ‘HERS’ of classical visual traditions, and explore the afterlives of two particular ancient sculptures: one case is structured around responses to the Venus de Milo, the other around responses to the Belvedere Torso.

The themes of our two cases also chime with the classical resonances of the King’s Entrance itself, structured around two classical statues that frame the main staircase. On one side, a neoclassical statue of the fifth-century Athenian playwright, Sophocles (after the so-called ‘Lateran Sophocles’ in the Vatican Museums); on the other is a statue of Sappho, the sixth-century lyric poet from Lesbos.

The display cases also outline some of the aims and aspirations of the Modern Classicisms project, with some details about our forthcoming exhibition in spring 2018, and a bit of history about the Department of Classics at King’s.

We hope that the display cases will form part of the larger ‘dialogue’ that is at the core of our project: please do tell us what you think – by using the hashtag #modernclassicisms, or by emailing us at info@modernclassicisms.com.

The foyer exhibition runs from 8 November 2017 – 1 May 2018. 

Permanent displays

Displays of items from the College Archives are on view in the Student Informal Study Space and foyer of the Physics department offices.  Access to some of these areas is controlled.

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