Discovering Worlds Category

New finds from Henry Townsend letters

New finds from Henry Townsend letters by Benjamina Efua Dadzie I had the pleasure of visiting the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in late February. This was to become familiar with the objects Reverend Henry Townsend donated to RAMM, as part of the work I am doing for my dissertation. With my research, I intend to shed […]

A curator looking at textiles in London

A curator looking at textiles in London As part of RAMM’s Discovering Worlds: Africa project, Dr. Julie Hudson as a lead curator of the Africa collections at the British Museum (a key project partner) was invited to examine and interpret all of the woven Nigerian textiles in the ethnography collection. The majority of these textiles had been acquired by colonial officers who had been based […]

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 […]

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.               […]

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 […]

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 […]