Look out for our term-time lunchtime lecture series exploring varied topics which complement our collections or exhibition programme. These popular illustrated 50-minute lectures take place in the Barber Lecture Theatre.
Small Change and Big Changes: Minting and Money after the Fall of Rome
Dr Jonathan Jarrett, University of Leeds
As the Roman Empire declined in the West, so did its cash economy. Only rare gold coins of steadily worsening quality remained, while, in the Byzantine East, money remained a plentiful everyday phenomenon. Dr Jarrett, curator of Inheriting Rome, discusses how money could – and could no longer – be used across the post-Roman world.
Rome and the Empire of Art
Dr Kathleen Christian, Open University
Rome has been a capital of empire, the papacy, art – and, since the 1450s, through the Grand Tour to the present day – a destination for cultural tourism and pilgrimage. Dr Christian examines the relationships between of empire, religion, art, antiquity and pilgrimage in the Eternal City.
30 September – LECTURE CANCELLED
Some Degrees of Separation: Rome and Germany
Johannes von Müller, Warburg Institute, London
This lecture has been cancelled due to personal circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment.
Commissioning Portraits for the University
James Hamilton, University Curator 1992 – 2013
Over a 20-year career as University Curator, art historian and author James Hamilton commissioned seven portraits of senior University Officers from some of the leading names of British portraiture. He will be discussing the commissioning process at the University and describing the many adventures in building a significant regional portrait collection.