New Light on Old Bones (NLOB) is an innovative, multi-disciplinary research project looking at the cultural, social, and historical context of natural science collections in two venues in North West England; Blackburn Museum, and Rossendale Museum.

The lead researcher is Mark Steadman, and the project board consists of Dr Samuel Alberti of The Manchester Museum, and David Craven and Dr Myna Trustram from Renaissance North West.

The project aims to provide museums with a toolkit of methods they can use to better interpret their collections.


10 responses to “About

  1. I am an interdisciplinary visual artist based in lancashire who is interested in this project.

    • Mark Steadman

      Hi Helen… have you seen the post regarding the artists research project? New Light has collaborated with Creativity Works to make a really exciting research and process led artist’s project. Take a look.

  2. Hi mark…many thanks, yes I have been reading your blog site because I am in the process of writing a proposal for the artists research project. Kind regards, Helen Sargeant

  3. Grace Parkin

    Dear NLOB Team,

    I am a postgraduate student currently working on my final dissertation, on the Use of Artists in Museums as a way of sharing Institutional Authority and control.

    Having discovered your quest for an Artist to participate in the project, I was hoping to ask you a few questions about why you want to bring an artist on board. And why you feel an artist’s involvement will, “ensure the research can be used in a creative way in order to make the collections more easily accessible to the public, and engaging to the community”?

    I hope you are able to assist me, and greatly appreciate any response you can give.

    Many Thanks,
    Grace Parkin.

    • Mark Steadman

      Hi Grace. I’m the lead researcher on this project and have been central to the artists project. I’d be happy to discuss things with you. Laura Rodgers at Creativity Works has also been central to this project. Email me direct at phms@leeds.ac.uk and we can take it from there.

  4. Hi Helen… have you seen the post regarding the artists research project? New Light has collaborated with Creativity Works to make a really exciting research and process led artist’s project. Take a look.

  5. Janet Douglas

    Hi Mark,

    hope you don’t mind me contacting you this way but for some reason, my emails via the university don’t seem to reach you. Hopefully you remember that you agreed to speak at a day school on the History of the Leeds Phil and Lit and said you would get back to me about whether you prefered 2nd/9th/16th of October. If you would prefer a new date in November that would be OK. I need now to confirm a date with other people who have agreed to speak:
    Dr Simon Morgan on the Leeds m.c. and the Phil and Lit, either myself or Chris Webster will talk on the architecture of the Philosophical Hall, Oliver Pickering will speak on the Library and myself on Art and the Leeds Phil and Lit. I am trying to persuade Simon to say something at the end about women and the Phil and Lit which he touches on in his book, ‘A Victorian Woman’s Place’.

    best regards,

  6. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  7. Do you ever stop writing great articles? I’m fast becoming a “copyblogger junkie.”

  8. Dear Mark,

    Really like your blog and thanks for referencing The Blue Antelope Project.

    Thought you might like to know of another venture Kate Foster and I have been working on – http://www.fashioningfeathers.com a blog we created about birds held in a fashion and clothing collection that were preserved as millinery adornments. We created a touring exhibition that is due to open at the Royal Alberta Museum March 24th.

    Keep up the great work on this blog!


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