A talk by Dr John Holmes, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Reading and visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Friday 30th November 2012, 5pm
In the 1850s, when Oxford University scientists were seeking inspiration for their new Museum, they turned to the bold, avantgarde art movement of their day – the Pre-Raphaelites. Guided by John Ruskin’s call for ‘truth to nature’ in art, their principles and practices shaped the decoration of this intricate and stunning building. Dr John Holmes explores how the Pre-Raphaelites became involved in the design of the Museum and reveals how the building as a whole encapsulates in stone, iron, and glass its own scientific conception of the truth of the natural world.
Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW, www.oum.ox.ac.uk 01865 272 950