• Lasting Impressions

    A student led study-day series exploring reproductions great and small in museums and heritage:

    Plaster casts, 3D models, photography, the digital, and everything in between

  • What We Do

    What is Lasting Impressions?

    A study day series promoting dialogue on the subject of reproductions in the world of museums and heritage. Lasting Impressions events are convened by four AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Programme students working on PhD projects that touch on the theme of copies. Meet the team to discover more about their work.

    Upcoming Events

    Following on from the success of our 2018 study day, which focused on the roles and perceptions of reproductions in museums and heritage, we are now seeking contributions for our 2019 event. Lasting Impressions 2019 will seek to put the materiality of replicas under the microscope. Find out more by reading our call for papers.

  • Registration

    Reserve your FREE ticket for Lasting Impressions II today!

  • Venue

    Pitt Rivers Museum

    South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP


    Founded in 1884, the Pitt Rivers Museum is home to the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford. Famous for its period atmosphere, the Museum boasts over 600,000 objects, photographs, and manuscripts organised by type, rather than by geographical region or time period. The entrance to the Pitt Rivers can be found within the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

  • Key Dates

    Important dates for your diary


    19th January 2019

    Call for Papers launched


    31st March 2019

    Call for Papers deadline


    28th May 2019

    Registration for study day closes


    28th June 2019

    Study day takes place in Oxford

  • The Blog

    Everything you need to know about our events past and present

    Dr Sally Foster from the University of Stirling will be presenting the keynote lecture at Lasting...
    The Lasting Impressions team is delighted to announce the speaker programme for the 2019 study...
    From 17th-19th January 2019, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London hosted a three day...
    Following the success of our last study day on the role and perception of replicas in museums and...
    Our keynote speaker at the Lasting Impressions 2018 study day was Professor Chris Dorsett from...
    June 29th saw the Lasting Impressions 2018 Study Day taking place in Newcastle upon Tyne, set...
    In this afternoon session, hosted at the Hatton Gallery, we will invite our study day attendees...
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  • Meet the Team

    We've got a top notch team!

    Valentina Risdonne

    Northumbria University / V&A Museum

    Valentina works with plaster casts, considering 19th C. coatings applied to the V&A collection. She seeks to understand whether coatings and colour contribute to discussion on the value of the copy.

    Abbey Ellis

    University of Leicester / Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Abbey also studies plaster casts, focusing on ideas of authenticity, originality and materiality. Her interdisciplinary project seeks to identify precedents for modern plaster casts in the ancient world.

    Katherine Clough

    Newcastle University / V&A Museum

    Katherine is investigating the photographic archive of mid-20th C. photographer Maurice Broomfield held at the V&A, considering the hierarchies of value around museum objects in the digital age.

    Carolyn Alexander

    Glasgow School of Art / Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium

    Carolyn’s PhD seeks to investigate if the use of contemporary art and design practice can facilitate deeper engagement with restored, or reconstructed, material culture.

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  • Our Supporters

    Our sincere "thank you" goes out to our fantastic sponsors

    University of Oxford

    Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM)

    The University of Oxford's GLAM group has kindly provided our venue at the Pitt Rivers Museum and a great deal of practical and administrative support in making Lasting Impressions 2019 happen.

    University of Durham

    Centre for Ninteenth-Century Studies

    We are very grateful to the CNCS for offering financial support to Lasting Impressions 2019. Their valuable contribution helps us to subsidise catering costs and offer travel bursaries to CNCS members.

    Arts & Humanities Research Council

    CDP Student Led Activity Fund

    We extend our sincere thanks to the Arts & Humanities Research Council for enabling us to provide travel bursaries, catering, printed materials, exhibition supplies, and much more.

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