Avebury’s Circle: The Science of John Lubbock, F.R.S. (1834-1913)

Friday 22nd March 2013

Conference Room, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, WS1Y 5AG


9:00am Registration and coffee

9.15am Welcome and Introduction

9.30am Session I.  John Lubbock:  Scientist, politician and everything in between

John Lubbock and the March of Progress

Dr. John Clarke, University of St. Andrews

Savage Minds: John Lubbock, Educational Reform and the Political Economy of Cognition

Dr. Matthew Eddy, University of Durham

11.00am Coffee break

11.30am Session II:  A mutually beneficial arrangement: Darwin and Lubbock

Chair: Professor Jim Secord, University of Cambridge

From Down House to Avebury: John Lubbock’s journey into Darwin’s scientific world through the eyes of his collection

Dr. Janet Owen, Hampshire County Council

The teacher taught? What Darwin got from Lubbock

Dr. Alison Pearn, University of Cambridge

1.00pm Lunch

2.00pm Session III: Lord Avebury, archaeology and anthropology


River terraces: important for all sorts of reasons and still the province of the polymath

Professor David Bridgland, University of Durham

Lubbock, caves and the development of Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Archaeology

Professor Paul Pettitt, University of Durham

3.30pm Coffee break

4.00pm Session IV

Chair: Professor Dianne Edwards, F.R.S., President, Linnean Society

The botanical contributions of John Lubbock

Professor William E. Friedman, Harvard University

5.00pm Close

7.00pm Conference Dinner

Contacts: Katherine Ford ([email protected]org) or Daniel Becker ([email protected])