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University of Leeds Centre for Heritage Research AGM and lecture by James Lomax 'Win Some, Lose Some: Curators Collect 1977-2011'

Brotherton Room (Special Collections) Brotherton Library, University of Leeds

Tuesday 14th June 2011

Centre for Collaborative Heritage Research Annual General Meeting 5.30pm

The Director, Prof. Graeme Gooday reviewed the Centre’s achievements in its first decade,and put a motion to revise its name to become the Centre for Collaborative Heritage Research

CCHR Lecture - James Lomax 'Win Some, Lose Some: Curators Collect 1977-2011' 6pm (further details below)

The final exhibition curated by James Lomax as Curator of Collections at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, before his recent retirement celebrates ‘One of the Prettiest Things I Ever Saw!’ The exhibition celebrates the acquisition of a chinoiserie silver centrepiece from 1759, a beautiful and rare table decoration. Throughout James’ tenure at Temple Newsam he has been responsible for the acquisition of a large number of important historic objects, often with distinct and interesting connections to the House. Each purchase has been enabled by specific fund-raising projects, which have brought together a wide range of different groups of funders and funding. James will speak about how he, and his fellow curators, developed a collecting policy at Temple Newsam, the drivers for that policy, the trials and tribulations of fund-raising for acquisitions and the objects that he missed out on along the way!

James Lomax read Law at Cambridge but turned to a career in museums after a year at the Study Centre for the History of Fine and Decorative Arts. He joined the staff at Temple Newsam (Leeds Museusm and Galleries) as a trainee in 1977 and, apart from a five year spell at Manchester City Art Galleries, has remained there until his retirement in March 2011. He has published the definitive catalogues British Silver at Temple Newsam (1992) and Country House Silver at Dunham Massey (2006) and over 40 journal articles and collaborations mainly on the decorative arts. He has curated and co-curated innumerable exhibitions from John Singer Sargent and the Edwardian Age (Leeds, NPG, Detroit 1979) to John Smeaton of Austhorpe: Father of Civil Engineering in England (opening May 2011).



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