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Scrimshaw 2010

New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Scrimshaw Weekend
May 14, 15, 16, 2010
To register
E-mail or call 508-997-0046 ext. 100

Karen Allen
Manager of Events & Community Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740

Telephone 508-997-0046 ext. 133
Fax 508-997-0018

24th March 2010

Natural History Museum CITES agenda
Representatives from the Natural History Museum, UK government, TRAFFIC (wildlife trade monitoring network) and Oxford Brookes University are taking part in Crossing Borders: The Illegal Trade in Endangered Species at 19.00 in the new Darwin Centre Attenborough Studio.They will also talk about the decision taken this Monday by CITES not to allow Tanzania and Zambia to sell their stockpiles of ivory. This keeps in place in those countries the international ban on the ivory trade, set up in 1989.

16th March 2010

Ivory research funding success
Dr Sonia O'Connor has been awarded 3 years full-time funding from the AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme for a post-doctoral research project to evaluate, refine and develop non-invasive and minimally destructive techniques for the identification of ivories and other skeletal hard tissues used in the making of cultural objects.

Further details of the award are available at

28th January 2010

New look Ebur website goes live!

22 October 2009

Society of Antiquaries of London
On , Dr Helen Rufus-Ward, of the Art History Department, University of Sussex, will give a paper on ‘Collecting Byzantium: nineteenth-century responses to Joseph Mayer’s Late Antique and Byzantine ivories’. In 1855 Liverpool goldsmith, jeweller and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Joseph Mayer (1803—86) purchased the Fejérváry ivory collection from Hungarian émigré Francis Pulszky. The paper will begin by examining images of Mayer, presented as a gentleman antiquarian surrounded by prized objects from his collection, including the fifth-century Asclepius—Hygieia ivory diptych. This will provide a starting point for an exploration of mid-nineteenth-century collecting of Byzantine ivories and the contrast between the negative response to the arts of Byzantium and the growing market for plaster cast ivory replicas (known as ‘fictile’ ivories).

5th June 2009

Researching ivory Workshop 2 at the Horniman Museum on the 9th June is now fully booked.