Queer(y)ing Natural Histories

Date:
Venue:
The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: events@linnean.org
02074344479 ext 211

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 8 January 2020

Ellie Armstrong

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Thinking critically about the narratives of natural history is key to understanding some of the assumptions that are made in studying natural history. Movements such as 'Decolonize this Place', exhibitions like 'Displays of Power' (Grant Museum) and texts like ‘Nature Read in Black and White’ (Das and Lowe, 2018); challenge the passive narrative of radicalised colonialism. This talk will explore how we can challenge other aspects of the cis-hetero-patriarchy in natural history museums, using my tours at the Sedgwick Museum as a case study.


Ellie Armstrong is a UCL PhD candidate, working with practice-based queer feminist methods to understand the construction of knowledge(s) in space science galleries in London. Ellie ran BSHS-funded ‘Queering the Science Museum’ tours (2018), and UCL-funded ‘Behind the Glass Cabinet’ podcast series (2019) that explored the construction of displays of objects in science museums in London. She has also developed and delivered tours on queer heritage for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Polar Museum, Cambridge; The Whipple Museum for the History of Science, Cambridge; and the Sedgwick Earth Sciences Museum, Cambridge.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the event.

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