Thesaurus Scienta Lancastriae

Robert Williams & Jack Aylward-Williams

Preface by Mark Dion; essays by David A. Barrowclough, Simon Morris, John Rodwell, and Peter Wade

Co-published with UniPress, Cumbria.

Price £14.99+pp
ISBN 9781869979195
Year 2006
Edition 1000
Pages 112
Binding softback
Illustration colour + BW illustrations throughout
Dimensions 245 x 210 mm

Thesaurus Scienta Lancastriae is a collaborative work between six-year old Jack Aylward-Williams and his father father, Robert Williams. In this book, Jack explains the world to his father, who in turn translates its cosmology to the reader. Their project uses Williamson’s Public Park in Lancaster as a microcosm of the world – for an engagement that encompasses the disciplines of geology, botany, zoology, physics, arboriculture, anthropology and many others – as well as providing a site and specific context for the stunning installationary component of their research, which is also documented in this book.

Interlaced through this book are contextualising essays from experts that work to offer possible frames from Jack & Robert’s project from the differently implicated disciplines of archaeology (David Barrowclough, Cambridge University), art history (Simon Morris, Teesside University), natural history (Prof. John Rodwell, Lancaster University), and the history of science (Peter Wade, Lancaster University).

Thesaurus Scienta Lancastriae was shortlisted for the prestigous AXA/Art Newspaper Exhibition Catalogue Award for 2006.

Thesaurus Scienta Lancastriae

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