Lectures & Events


25 January 2019 - I’ll be giving a free gallery talk in the British Museum titled “The Great Stupa at Amaravati and Mr Robertson’s Mound”. This talk is part of the British Museum’s Collecting Histories series. Meet just before 1.15 pm in Room 33a.

7 October 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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