Members' lecture
Ancient Maya monuments, a Victorian explorer and the digital age (live screening)

Monday 20 May 2019,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £8

To book, call 020 7323 8195

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Live screening of an exclusive lecture for Members.

In the second half of the 19th century the ancient Maya cities in Central America and Mexico became more widely known and a source of fascination and research that continues to this day. In the 1880s Alfred Maudslay (1850-1931) became one of the early explorers of the area. With great foresight, he sought to record the magnificent monuments he encountered and used the most up-to-date technology of his day, namely dry-plate photography and paper and plaster moulding techniques.

The British Museum owns the most complete collection of Maudslay casts, as well as many of his glass plate negatives, which remain a treasure trove for research of the ancient Maya and the history of discovery and exploration in Central America. With the spread of digital technologies for recording, these treasures are being made accessible through 3D-scanning and high-resolution digitisation.

This lecture will give a short introduction to the cultural heritage of Mesoamerica, tell the story of Maudslay’s explorations and how his collection at the British Museum can be used in the digital age to enchant people, help researchers, and create narratives to transport us back in time.

This lecture includes a complimentary drink.

Please note that this is a live relay screening of the lecture that will be taking place in the BP Lecture Theatre.

Age: 16+

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