Emerging Empires: England and Muscovy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Event Date: 
14 Jun 2013 to 15 Jun 2013

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, V&A Museum in association with the Society for Court Studies.


Friday 14 June

8:30 – 9:45 Early Viewing of V&A exhibition ‘Treasures of the Royal
Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars’ with Natalia Abramova, Curator of Silver, Moscow Kremlin Museums, Angus Patterson, Curator of Armour, V&A, Richard Edgcumbe, Curator of Jewellery, V&A and Clare Browne, Curator of Textiles, V&A

10:00 -10:30 Coffee and Registration

10:30 Welcome: Paul Williamson, Deputy Director (V & A)

10:40 Session One - Russia and England 1509-1685
Chair: Olga Dmitrieva, Deputy Director, Moscow Kremlin Museums

Russia in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Paul Bushkovitch, Professor of History, Yale University

Mikepher Alphrey and Richard James, A Russian in England and An Englishman in Muscovy in the Seventeenth Century Ralph Cleminson, Independent Scholar

11:45 Discussion

12:15 Session Two - Trade and Diplomacy in the Early 17th Century
Chair: Malcolm Smuts, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts

The First Fifty Years of the Muscovy Company Alexander Sotin, Curator, The Old English Court Museum, Moscow

13:00 Lunch (Not provided)

14:00 The Culture of a Merchant Prince: Thomas Smith’s Family Background and International Network Karen Hearn, Honorary Professor, University College London

Thomas Smith's 'rich Chariot' of 1604 and the English Coach in the Kremlin Julian Munby, Oxford Archaeology

15:00 Discussion

16:00 Close

17:00 Introduction and Welcome, Banqueting House, Whitehall Tracy Borman, Interim Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces

17:15 The Reception of Ambassadors at Whitehall in the 17th century Simon Thurley, Chief Executive, English Heritage

17:45 'Heere will be a Masque': The first performance in the new Banqueting Hall, Winter 1621/22.
Larry Manley, Professor of English, Yale University

18:15 Close

Saturday 15th June

10:00 Registration

10:15 Welcome: Beth McKillop, Deputy Director (V & A)

10:25 Session Three - Russian Palace Architecture
Chair: Maurice Howard, Professor of the History of Art, University of Sussex

Architectural Semiotics and Iconography in the Reign of Ivan IV Michael Flier, Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard University

The Scottish Kremlin Builder
Jeremy Howard, History of Art, University of St. Andrews

11:30 Discussion

11:50 Coffee

12:15 Session Four - Diplomacy
Chair: Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections, The British Library

The Illuminated Royal Correspondence in the Russian State Archives Maija Jansson, Director Emerita, Yale Centre for Parliamentary History

13:00 Lunch (Not provided)

14:00 'To present or returne as there shall be occasion' - Silver gifts intended for Richard Bradshaw's embassy to Moscow Kathryn Jones, Curator, Royal Collection

The Embassy to Moscow of Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Carlisle Christopher Ridgway, Curator, Castle Howard, Yorkshire

15:00 Discussion

15:50 Tea

16:10 Session Five - Summing Up
Chair: Tessa Murdoch, Exhibition Curator, ‘Treasures of the Royal
Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars’, V & A

Political Culture and Diplomatic Ceremonial in Early Modern England and Russia Olga Dmitrieva, Deputy Director, Moscow Kremlin Museums

Closing Remarks
Malcom Smuts, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts

17:15 Close

This conference is supported by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

£25, £20 concessions, £10 students (per day) Book online or call 0207 942 2211 All Programmes are subject to change without warning.