Lectures & Events


26 August 2017 - To celebrate the first ever exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Colin Mackenzie, I’ll be giving a gallery talk at the Lews Castle Museum in Stornoway. “Collector Extraordinaire” runs from 12 August to 18 November.

29 April 2016 - I delivered a talk at An Lanntair , the cultural centre for Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, at Stornoway.  It was a huge honour to meet with Scottish historians who are interested in Colin Mackenzie’s legacy. For more information on what we got up to, please read the blog I posted on the British Library’s website:  Bringing Colin Mackenzie home

5 September 2014 - I attended a conference at the British Museum, titled ‘Amaravati: the art of an early Buddhist monument in context’. There are plans to publish a book based on the conference’s papers. Hopefully this will include information on the newly discovered stupa at Kanaganahalli, Karnataka.

Wednesday 12 February 2014 - I gave a talk to the Friends of the British Library about Naqd Ali Beg, the Persian trade envoy who came to London in 1626. A portrait of him usually hangs in the BL’s Asia and Africa Reading Room. The painting has recently been conserved, researched and exhibited

Wednesday 3 April 2013 - I read a paper at the 27th BASAS Annual Conference at the University of Leeds. My paper was on the translators and draftsmen who helped Colin Mackenzie collect Jain material. I presented alongside my colleagues from the British Museum (Sushma Jansari, Paramdip Khera and Cam Sharp Jones) and the V&A (Nick Barnard) as part of a panel on London based Mackenzie collections. 

25 February 2013 - I gave a lecture at the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London. The lecture's topic was Indian Colonial Art from the 18th-19th Centuries.  

Tuesday 13 November 2012 - I attended the South Asian Arts Group's first annual gathering at the University of East Anglia, and gave a short presentation on my research. 

Wednesday 18 July 2012 - I took part in a study day at the British Museum. 'Colonel Colin Mackenzie: Collecting Indian History' looked at the collection habits of Colin Mackenzie, the first Surveyor General of India.

10 May 2012 - As part of the University of Bonn's Pianarosa Lecture Series, I gave a talk on illustrated Jain manuscripts  in the British Library. 

7 December 2011 - I delivered a lecture to the Madden Society about the British Library's historic collection of oil paintings. I have written a short article in connection with this talk. 

October 2011  - I took part in a 2 day conference at the University of Bonn and presented a paper on the influence of patronage on Indian Company Painting.

November 2010 - To celebrate the launch of my book, 'Illustrating India: The Early Colonial Investigations of Colin Mackenzie' , I delivered a lecture at the Royal Asiatic Society.  Colin Mackenzie's Adventures in India (1784-1821)


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