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London’s Imperial Objects: Making the Global Metropolis

Art History Taster Lecture

Speaker: Dr Rixt Woudstra, Course Leader & Lecturer in Art History

Date: Thursday 4th November 2021, 4:30-5:30pm (GMT)

The study of Art History at NCH London, the birthplace of many art movements and prolific artists, offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the visual arts, and enjoy a plethora of world-renowned art institutions, collections and museums – and architecture.

This Art History taster lecture explores the creation and design of London’s St Katharine Docks in the early nineteenth century. We will look at the docks’ role in the international trade in luxury goods and materials, such as Chinese porcelain, Caribbean mahogany and ivory from East Africa. How did London’s docklands and these ‘imperial objects’ contribute to the making of a global metropolis?

This taster will also include an introductory overview of studying at NCH, and there will be ample time for Q&A with Faculty and Student Ambassadors.

Here’s what previous participants have said about our Art History Taster Lectures:

“I really enjoyed learning more about Art History and the sorts of things you might learn about when doing this degree. It really opened my eyes to the possibilities of new ideas and degree options.”

“It was incredibly interesting, and moved at a good pace with a nice, detailed PowerPoint.”

“Thank you for running this! I found this a great way to get an introduction to the course and the subject, which I can now include in my personal statement. The lecture was clear and well set out, and extremely interesting!”

“If you’re scared about university, watch one of these lectures and realise that it just feels like a cosy fireside chat. Fascinating, detailed and very high quality, I make sure to watch as many as I can!”

“I liked the structure of the session, with Q&A chat being available throughout, as well as the content. Having a current student on-hand brought together questions about the course itself and how it works for them.”

“As viewers we were actively encouraged to participate and contribute in the lecture through the use of polls.”

“It was a part of Art History that I had never thought about before, and the examples used were fascinating.”