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James Delbourgo (Rutgers University) will give a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on Thursday, November 14, at 12:15 pm. His talk is entitled “Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Hans Sloane, Founder of the British Museum, and Wanted To.”

This talk explores global natural history collecting in the age of enlightenment and empire through the extraordinary career of Sir Hans Sloane, which culminated in the foundation of the British Museum in 1753. It examines Sloane’s career from his background in Ulster and voyage to the slave society of Jamaica to his creation of a network of collectors who gathered curiosities throughout the world, making possible the establishment of the British Museum, which first opened its doors in 1759.

This talk will take place in the Seminar Room at 38 West 86th Street and is open to the BGC community and invited guests. Please RSVP to