2015-2016 Wyatt Guest Lecture Series

Dr. Robert Blyth

"Tales of the Thames: London's river and the British world"

Friday, October 9, 2015, 4:00pm, 251 French Hall

Dr. Robert Blyth is a senior curator of world history at the National Maritime Museum, London. In this role, he has curated galleries and exhibitions covering the maritime history of London, the history of the British East India Company, the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition, and the ceremonial use of the River Thames. He is currently working on major exhibition on the famous seventeenth-century London diarist Samuel Pepys, who was also a naval administrator.

Finbarr Whooley

"Collecting the city"

Friday, November 13, 2015, 4:00pm, 250 French Hall

Dr. Whooley is the Director of Content at the London Museum.  The museum has recently declared its ambition to move to new premises within the historic heart of the city at Smithfield General Market.  Dr. Whooley will play a crucial role in helping to shape the content of this exciting new museum.  Finbarr has worked in London for all his professional life and is fascinated by the history of the city and its people. He joined the Museum of London in 2014 from the Horniman Museum and Gardens, where he was Assistant Director.  Dr. Whooley is a historian by training having studied history at the National University of Ireland and Museum Studies at Leicester University. He has researched and written on the history of the Irish community in London.