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A Life in Archaeology and Glass: Honoring David Whitehouse (1941-2013)

Wednesday 19 February 2014 (Categories: ICOM, ICOM-CC, Glass and Ceramics)

In March 2014, The Corning Museum of Glass will host a free public lecture followed by a two-day seminar honoring the life and work of its former director, David Whitehouse, who passed away in February 2013.

Introducing the two-day seminar "A Life in Archaeology and Glass: Honoring David Whitehouse (1941-2013)" will be a free public lecture by Dr. Paul Roberts, senior curator, head of the Roman Collections, Greek and Roman Department at The British Museum. Dr. Roberts' lecture will be held on Thursday, March 13, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. and will address themes related to his 2013 British Museum exhibition "Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum". The lecture is free and open to the public; RSVP to or 607.438.5600 by March 10.

On Friday and Saturday 14 & 15 March 2014, the seminar, "A Life in Archaeology and Glass: Honoring David Whitehouse (1941-2013)", will take place at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York (USA). The two days will be filled with lectures, remembrances, and time with many of Dr. Whitehouse’s colleagues and friends. Speakers include Corning Museum experts, as well as international scholars, artists, and curators who worked with Dr. Whitehouse on various projects.

The cost is $150 to attend the two-day seminar; RSVP to or 607.438.5500.

Dr. Whitehouse joined The Corning Museum of Glass in 1984, and was executive director and curator of ancient and Islamic glass from 1999 to 2011. Prior to joining the Museum, he was director of the British Institute of Afghan Studies and The British School at Rome. He also directed numerous archaeological excavations in the United Kingdom, Italy, Iran, Afghanistan, and Libya. Whitehouse is perhaps best known for his work at the site of the ancient city of Siraf in Iran, where between 1966 and 1973, as a Wainwright Fellow at Oxford University, he directed six seasons of excavation, uncovering well-preserved architecture and several million objects.

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