Postgraduate Scholars’ London excursion  

May 11, 2022 | Announcements, News & Media, PG News

11 May 2022: The Ramsay Centre recently helped organise a London excursion for six of our wonderful UK-based Ramsay Postgraduate Scholars, so they could catch up with one another and explore cultural sites.

Jack Hume who is studying a PhD in Philosophy at University College London thanked the Ramsay Centre for its support and encouragement of the get-together, describing the excursion as ‘a lovely opportunity to get to know each other better and share our experiences of studying in the UK.’

Jack said the scholars began their time together at the Wallace Collection, where they visited “Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts.”

“This exhibition was a collaboration with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and demonstrated how French 18th century art inspired the creation of many beloved Disney animations. We saw how Disney characters that animated our childhoods, like Belle, Lumière and Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast, had origins in the themes and techniques of the Rococo. We found this to be a fantastic illustration of continuity in artistic traditions over the ages, or how innovations in art and design often contain fragments of the past.

“Over a hearty lunch at nearby pub the Hereford Arms we enjoyed hearing about how each other’s study and research were going. Despite the variation in programs and disciplines between us – spanning law, international security, human rights, music and philosophy – we found overlapping themes and approaches that will no doubt enrich our work. Next up was the Victoria and Albert Museum where we enjoyed a tour of art and architecture from the Tudor period before freely roaming a variety of other exhibits. The sunny café courtyard, apparently the oldest museum café in the world, provided further opportunity to catch up.”

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