Lectures and Reception: Silk on the Silk Road
When: Fri 11 Apr 2014, 14.00-20.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £12 / £8 concessions
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. There will be a tea/coffee break and the lectures will be followed by a drinks reception.
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.
The speakers will consider these textiles, their original uses - from clothing to currency - their discovery and subsequent conservation, analysis, research and digitisation.
The exhibition is presented as part of a series of events to celebrate the International Dunhuang Project's 20th anniversary at the British Library. IDP was formed following conference in late October 1993 at which conservators and curators of all the major collections of Dunhuang, Turfan and Chinese Central Asian manuscripts met together for the first time. United by a common desire to ensure preservation of the manuscripts while greatly increasing their access for scholars, they considered how best to achieve these aims. They recognised that collaborative working and the use of the emerging internet and digital technology were both essential. Following a successful funding application, work started on this ambitious initiative in early 1994.