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The role of women on display

The role of women on display by Rebecca Vicary-Smith   Within the World Cultures Gallery there are many different types of craft presented, but the processes behind them are less obvious. Specifically, the role of women in these production processes. Many indigenous cultures are patriarchies (societies in which men hold power) and therefore the prestigious […]

A closer look at South Africa

A closer look at South Africa At the beginning of November, RAMM was visited by two scholars. Their presence was part of the Designation-funded Africa project to explore a sizeable collection of museum objects from South Africa. Much of this material was beadwork that had been acquired during the early 19th century. Unfortunately, early descriptions of […]

Masks and masking

Masks and masking  by volunteer Rebecca Vicary-Smith   Masks assume a variety of roles and they are present in every society in one form or another. Masks are worn primarily as part of a costume or they can be used as a method of defence. The primary purpose of the masking tradition is to hide the wearer’s […]

Lantana bead collection

Lantana Beads by volunteer Rebecca Vicary-Smith Very recently RAMM received a generous donation of Lantana beads from Dr. Ann O’Hear.  Lantana beads are West African red stone beads. They are typically made from red jasper, banded agate, chalcedony or carnelian. These beads are made by Yoruba artisans within Ilorin, in south-western Nigeria. Items from this collection […]

Researching Africa collections

Researching RAMM’s Africa collections Dr. Zachary Kingdon spent four days at RAMM last week examining a small number of items from Central and West Africa.  Dr. Kingdon is the Curator of the Africa collections at the World Museum, Liverpool.  He was born and raised in Africa and was taught to carve in wood by Makonde artists.               […]

A modern Amazon and its effects

A modern Amazon and its effects   Guest blog by volunteer Sam Garner.   The modern world is destroying the Amazon rainforest and the indigenous peoples who reside there.   Amazon Indian cultures are subject to Western influence.  They have done for hundreds of years.  Within RAMM’s World Cultures gallery are a couple of notable examples.  These […]

Re-display update

Re-display update – Discovering Worlds project                       Visitors making their way through the first floor galleries in RAMM will have noticed a large section of the World Cultures gallery has been blocked off with tall blue-painted hoarding (see image below left). Blue hoarding The Discovering Worlds […]

Project partners: the benefits

Project partners: what are the benefits Last week, as part of the Discovering Worlds project I visited the Sainsbury Research Unit (SRU) at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.  This brief sabbatical had four aims; To meet up with current project partners to discuss updates on collection information. To use the research library so that I can start […]

50 shades of brown

50 shades of brown Over the last year we have seen a number of team mates help to develop the Discovering Worlds project.  This includes a wide variety of essential tasks including the processing of object information of the collection database, taking measurements of objects and photography. The example on the left hand side shows former team mate […]

New display work

The display cases that will show objects from the island cultures of the Pacific Ocean (a vast region we call Oceania) are about to be transformed.  We have already taken down the objects from this part of the gallery so these cases look empty.  All of the objects have been taken down and were safely removed to the on-site […]