Book Launch: Archives of Curiosity

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Archives of Curiosity, the book launch. Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art.

Archives of Curiosity is a book written by researchers in the School of Communication (myself included) who have conducted field research in an archive.

My chapter is about biosensing atmosphere with lichen as a method for material engagement with atmospheric pollution, and how it changes over time. Specifically, I embarked on field research in the Natural History Museum’s herbarium, to see how ecosystems have responded to changes in atmospheres across the UK since the Clean Air Act in 1956. I was lucky to interview a Botanist who has worked at the Museum for the last half-century.

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Our proud team of writers.

Photos: The talented Thuy Duong Pham (Elly).