Win some, lose some: curators collect, 1977-2011

James Lomax, the retired Curator of Collections at Temple Newsam House, is to talk about collecting policy and practice at Temple Newsam in a lecture for the Centre for Heritage Research on 14 June.

Throughout James' tenure at Temple Newsam he was responsible for the acquisition of a large number of important historic objects, often with distinct and interesting connections to the House.  Each purchase was enabled by specific fund-raising projects, bringing together a wide range of different groups.

James will talk about how he and his fellow curators developed a collecting policy for Temple Newsam, the trials and tribulations of fund-raising for acquisitions, and the objects that he missed out on along the way!

The talk will take place:

On:  Tuesday 14 June 2011

At:   6pm (following the Centre for Heritage Research AGM at 5.30pm)

In:   Brotherton Room (Special Collections), Brotherton Library

There will be a wine reception afterwards. 

The talk is free and open to all, but as space is limited it is necessary to reserve a place by emailing Anna Powell by 6 June.

James Lomax read law at Cambridge but turned to a career in museums after a year at the Study Centre for History of Fine and Decorative Arts.  He joined the staff at Temple Newsam as a trainee in 1977 and, apart from a five year spell at Manchester City Art Galleries, remained there until his retirement in March 2011.  He has published numerous articles on the decorative arts and curated and co-curated many exhibitions.

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