Wednesday, March 19, 2014

IDP 20 Event: Public Lectures and Reception

To celebrate IDP’s 20th anniversary we have been organising a series of events and activities. Full details can be found on our programme page. From November 1 2014 the IDP blog has also featured A Few of Our Favourite Things, a weekly post showcasing IDP collection items selected by twenty of IDP’s partners, supporters and users.

Lectures and Reception: ‘Silk on the Silk Road’

11 April 2014
14.00 – 20.00
£12 (£8 Concessions)

Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB


Patched squares of woven and dyed silks.
MAS.856, The British Museum.

Over a century of archaeology on the eastern Silk Road has resulted in thousands of textile finds, preserved by the dry desert air. In their variety — of material, dyes, designs and weaves — they demonstrate the richness of cultural and technical exchanges among the peoples of the Silk Road. This afternoon of lectures by scholars, curators and conservators is intended for a general audience, and will introduce the Silk Road and the textiles collections held in London and worldwide. The lecture will be followed by a reception with drinks.


Cordelia Rogerson, Head of Conservation, The British Library


Silk for Books and Buddhism: the British Library and British Museum Collections
Susan Whitfield, Director, IDP, The British Library


Silk in Shoes and Clothing: V&A and British Museum Collections
Helen Persson, Curator Chinese Textiles and Dress, V&A



Tea & Coffee


Silk as Money
Helen Wang, Curator, East Asian Money, The British Museum


Silks from the Silk Road
Zhao Feng, Director, The National Silk Museum, China




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