Treasures: A whirlwind tour of Jewellery in Malta of the Knights

Museum of the Order of St John

3rd March 2021 | 7:00PM



Join art historian and author Francesca Balzan for a flavour of the jewellery prevalent in Malta from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

In this online lecture art historian and author Francesca Balzan will give us a flavour of the jewellery prevalent in Malta, from the 16th to the 18th centuries, when the Order of St John governed the Maltese islands. Not only will we be looking at stylistic development but we will also delve into the meaning of the jewellery and the context in which it was produced, the superstitions and quirks that made this jewellery so deeply personal yet reflective of society of the time.

Francesca Balzan is an art historian, author and practicing artist. She has specialised in the research and publication of the history of jewellery in Malta and has lectured extensively on the subject. She was curator of Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum from its opening to the public in 2007 until 2018 and was recently engaged in the design of a new museum. Francesca has curated several exhibitions and written catalogues and monographs to accompany them. She is visiting lecturer at the University of Malta.

This talk will take place over Zoom and live subtitles will be provided by Stagetext.

All proceeds from this talk, and others in the Treasures from the Museum of the Order of St John series, will be put towards the conservation of the books and bound manuscripts in the Museum’s internationally significant library collection.



Black Nurses, Enslaved Labour, and the Royal Navy, 1790-1820

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

25th March 2021 | 6:00PM



Dr Erin Spinney reveals the history of Black nurses before Florence Nightingale in the annual History of Nursing Forum Lecture.

Nursing historians usually examine the period after Florence Nightingale and focus on the establishment of a white middle-class professional identity, like Nightingale herself.

But what about non-white nurses before Nightingale? For the annual History of Nursing Forum lecture, Dr Erin Spinney discusses the employment of Black nurses in the West Indian naval hospitals of the Royal Navy in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. She considers how eighteenth-century understandings of tropical diseases contributed to Black labour in medical settings, how the Royal Navy navigated its relationship with enslavement, and the working conditions of these nurses.

Erin Spinney is a sessional lecturer at the University of Lethbridge. Her research interests focus on nursing, labour, environmental, and medical history in the long eighteenth-century British Atlantic World. She has published on eighteenth-century naval nursing and environmental history.

Please register to attend and a link will be circulated in advance with instructions on how to join the event. All tickets must be booked individually.

Image : A parody astrological diagram showing opposing aspects of the life of settlers in Jamaica, 1800. Credit: Wellcome Collection