image for Talk item typeThe Lure of Ivory at Duke Street Baptist Church

Talk, Tue 2 Apr 2019


Speaker: Maggie Campbell Pederson

Ivory has been carved for 40,000 years and its trade goes back thousands of years. Different cultures worldwide have revered it and it has been widely used for religious carvings. It has also been used for many more commonplace items, from piano keys to dentures. The talk will look at the lure of ivory through the ages, its many and varied uses, and how to recognise ivories from different species, for example elephant, walrus and whale -- and their fakes.

The presentation in no way condones the use of ivory today. Ivory is a very emotive subject; however it is part of our world history and culture and, as such, is worth studying. Mention will be made of the current trade bans covering ivories and of the current conservation and poaching situations.

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Event details

Dates Times
Tue 2 Apr 2019 19:00


Members: Free
Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
Students: Free, upon production of your student card



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Map reference: TQ 179750  Lat: 51.46171 Long: -0.30407

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Richmond station


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