A lecture by Andrew J. Lawson. It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that the accumulated evidence from geology, evolutionary biology and archaeology enabled leading scientists to challenge the biblical account of the formation of the world. Scholars, such as Darwin, Huxley and Prestwich, are now famous for their role in establishing new theories on the antiquity of the Earth and the development of our own species. However, ‘putting a face to the name’ might help us to picture these experts better. Due to the legacy of William Blackmore, the creator of a world-renowned museum in Salisbury, we areactually able to do that thanks to his original collection of contemporary photographs.
This lecture will shed light on the achievements of some of the people captured in the remarkable series of nineteenth-century portraits held in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. In particular, it will look at the role of eminent archaeologists in defining the Palaeolithic Age.
A lecture in the Salisbury Museum Archaeology Lectures (SMAL) series. SMAL lectures are held on the second Tuesday of each month from September to April.