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Curating Human Remains in the UK conference

Curating Human Remains in the UK conference Wednesday – 20 January 2016   Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol The Curating Human Remains in UK Museums workshop in 2014 highlighted a sectoral need and professional interest in building confidence in curating human remains.  In response to this need, the Natural Science Collections Association (NatSCA), the Museums […]

When is a banana not a banana? Part 1

This is the story of a mystery object.  It’s also an important lesson in valuing/ preserving historic museum documentation.   The Discovering Worlds project aims to open up RAMM’s Pacific collection by applying new academic research and transforming the new gallery with this information.  One item that has come to light is described as a ‘preserved banana‘ and it’s […]

New Fiji exhibition in Plymouth

Fiji: Ocean connections Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery – free admission 10 October 2015 – 16 January 2016 This newly-developed world cultures exhibition will explore the surprising connections between Plymouth and Polynesia.  Over a hundred artefacts from the Pacific island of Fiji have travelled to the Museum since the late 1800s. This exhibition will […]

125th anniversary of Wounded Knee

125th anniversary of Wounded Knee and Chief Big Foot Riders 25th Reunion Ride 2015 A new organisation has been founded by both Native American Lakota and Dakota individuals and a wider supporting community of like-minded people.  This group is called ‘Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee’ and was created to honour the memory of those who suffered […]

Aborigine cricketing discovery at RAMM

Cricket fans will be interested to learn of a recent discovery made at RAMM last week.  Does the name W.R. Hayman ring any bells?  On 29 October 1868, Hayman donated a small collection of Aboriginal items from Australia; a boomerang, a hand club, two spear throwers, two spears, two parrying sticks, three throwing clubs and two […]

Ways of the Ancestors: the Art of Tonga

Ways of the Ancestors:  the Art of Tonga 11 July 2015 to 28 February 2016 World Cultures gallery special display case The Art of Tonga features objects from the museum collection that were initially acquired from early maritime voyages during a remarkable period of change in Tonga’s history when powerful chiefdoms were transformed into a European-influenced […]

Indigenous Australia – exclusive tour

  Location: British Museum Date: 29 July 2015 Members of the Museum Ethnographers Group are invited to attend the British Museum to explore “The BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation” and speak to Gaye Scunthorpe the curator behind the show.  Indigenous Australia is the first major UK exhibition to present a history of Aboriginal peoples through […]

Guest Post – Grand Challenges 2015 at RAMM

The first day of Grand Challenges was a whirlwind of contained chaos; we were introduced to a new environment (behind the scenes at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery), new people and new technology. After making small talk, our group (from various backgrounds and disciplines) became quickly at ease with the fellow students […]

Guest post – Spotlight on a Yoruba carved figure

As part of Grand Challenges 2015, a group of University of Exeter students have been working with the World Cultures collection. They have researched and digitised two objects from the collection, creating additional interpretive material and making two short films about the objects. One of the objects they researched is a Yoruba carved figure from Nigeria; the […]

Guest Post – Spotlight on a Yoruba gelede mask

As part of Grand Challenges 2015, a group of University of Exeter students have been working with the World Cultures collection. They have researched and digitised two objects from the collection, creating additional interpretive material and making two short films about the objects. One of the objects they researched is a Yoruba gelede mask from […]