The haunting truth of The Portland Collection's memorial jewellery

11 October 2021

The haunting truth of The Portland Collection's memorial jewellery

This Hallowe'en, Jane Wildgoose resurrects the memorial jewellery in The Portland Collection, from the pearl earring pulled from the executed head of King Charles I to the finely woven lace bracelets made from human hair.

During this online lunchtime lecture, Jane will interpret these haunting and evocative objects, dedicated to memory, mourning and remembrance.

Her clients have included Yale University, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Waddesdon Manor and Kensington Palace. She is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Life-Writing Research at Kings College London, is a NESTA Fellow, and was co-presenter of On One Lost Hair: a programme for BBC Radio 4 investigating a wisp of hair from the head of Lord Nelson purchased on eBay.

 

How to book

The half-hour online lecture will take place via Zoom on Friday 29th October at noon. Places are FREE but those wanting to join the talk need to book online in advance. Click to reserve your place. 

  • The Portland Collection Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Entry is free. 

Image credit: Elizabeth Basset by Daniel Mytens.