The Second SHAC Postgraduate Workshop on the History of Alchemy and Chemistry


**The Material Culture of Chemistry**


Wednesday 21 September 2011


Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge


Every year, the Society for the History of Alchemy (SHAC) organises an international workshop to provide training on research skills and methodology for graduate students and early career researchers, and to showcase their work. The 2011 workshop will include:


‘Reading between the lines: Newton’s alchemical manuscripts’


William Newman (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Peter M. Jones (King’s

College) will lead this hands-on session, in which we examine some of Isaac Newton’s chymical notebooks in King’s College Library, Cambridge.


‘Getting your hands dirty: learning from historical experiments’


Hasok Chang (HPS, Cambridge) will lead a laboratory session at the Department of Chemistry, in which we recreate some of the earliest electrochemical experiments, dating from around 1800, which are extremely simple yet difficult to explain.


‘Researching the material culture of alchemy and chemistry’


Presentations by current postgraduate students and junior researchers, on topics related to the material culture of early and modern chemistry.



The workshop is free of charge, although places are limited to 20.

Bursaries are available towards the cost of travel and accommodation.


To register, please contact Jennifer Rampling ([email protected]).



The workshop immediately precedes the international conference ‘Alchemy and

Medicine from Antiquity to the Enlightenment’ in Cambridge (22-24

September). Details at the conference website:



Jennifer Rampling

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow

Department of History and

Philosophy of Science

University of Cambridge

Free School Lane

Cambridge CB2 3RH