Professor Nicholas Thomas: Director & Curator

Nicholas Thomas, who has been Director of MAA since 2006, is an anthropologist and historian. He visited the Pacific Islands first in 1984 to research his PhD thesis on the Marquesas Islands, later worked in Fiji and New Zealand, as

Dr Anita Herle: Senior Curator (Anthropology)

Anita Herle (BA, M.Phil, PhD, FRAI) is Senior Curator for World Anthropology, with particular responsibility for the Pacific and the Americas.  She has regional interests in Torres Strait, Vanuatu, Fiji and Canada. Her research topics include museum anthropology, the early

Dr Mark Elliott: Senior Curator (Anthropology)

Mark Elliott (MA, PhD, FRAI) is curator with responsibility for the Asian, European and African ethnography collections. He has carried out ethnographic research in India, and his research interests cover South and Southeast Asia, focusing on historical anthropology and collections

Dr Alana Jelinek: AHRC Creative Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts

Alana Jelinek (PhD) is currently an artist and senior researcher on the ‘Pacific Presences’ European Research Council funded project, under Principal Investigator, Prof Nicholas Thomas (2013-2018). She is also a Research Associate with Volkenkunde, Leiden, where much the research with

Dr Jocelyne Dudding: Manager, Photographic Collections

Jocelyne Dudding (MA) is currently working on the Getty Photographic Collections project. The aim of project is to research and catalogue the Museum’s core photograph collections. Her ongoing research focuses on photographs as objects of cultural property, and their positioning

Imogen Gunn: Collections Manager / Curatorial Assistant (Archaeology)

Imogen Gunn (BA, MPhil) has a background in Archaeological Heritage and Museums. Her current research interests are in the history of collecting and display, women collectors, and audience evaluation and engagement. Please contact her with enquiries regarding the archaeology collections.

Rachel Hand: Collections Manager / Curatorial Assistant (Anthropology)

Rachel Hand (BA, MA, PGCE) has a background in the material culture of the Americas, Africa and Oceania. Her current research interests include early Pacific material in the National Museum of Ireland and Irish collecting within the British Empire. Please

Mary Hill Harris: Honorary Assistant Curator (American Archaeology)

Mary Hill Harris (AB, Certificat d’Archeologie, MA) has worked part-time for the museum since 1979, curating the Latin American archaeological collection. Her research speciality is the pre-Columbian ceramics of the Caribbean and she does field work in Barbados and Carriacou.

Wendy Brown: Administrator Social Documentation

The new MAA Documentation System combines open-source technologies with deep social computing principles to create a truly innovative approach to museum documentation. The new MAA Documentation System shifts the age-old documentation principles of standardized description and information accumulation to multi-vocal

Arctic Collections

Museums Libraries and Archives Council of the UK Government. Their aim is to develop a new set of on-line tools to provide better access to the historical documentation of the important Arctic collections at two University of Cambridge museums, the

Recontextualizing Digital Objects

This proposal, a collaboration between the Ashiwi Awan Museum and Heritage Center (AAMHC), , representing the Zuni Community of the Zuni tribe, New Mexico – USA, Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan, an expert in cultural and ethnographic approaches toward the creation and

Rauru: Tene Waitere, Maori Carving, Colonial History

Tene Waitere (1854-1931) was one of the greatest Maori carvers of the colonial period. He acquired his skills in a customary manner, and had a profound knowledge of carving traditions, but worked in a new world, in the decades following

Melanesian Art

‘Melanesian art: objects, narratives and indigenous owners’ explored the relationships between a wide range of indigenous art and artefact forms, socially-significant narratives, and the indigenous communities from which historic collections of Melanesian art derive. Focusing on the important but largely

Art in Oceania

  The art traditions of Oceania have long been highly renowned. They have fascinated generations of museum visitors, artists, art historians, and anthropologists. While the profound influence of Pacific art on European modernists has often been noted, in recent decades

The Sea of Islands: the Pacific in the 19th century

This project involves work towards a major comparative history of the Pacific in the nineteenth century. While the historiography of the Pacific in the colonial age, and indeed of the colonial age in general, has oscillated between negative accounts that

Rock Art

Rock Art is an ongoing research project exploring the range, chronology, forms and contemporary meaning of Australian Rock Art from Arnem Land, Norther Australia. Fortunate circumstances – and good work by the first generation of field researchers – have provided

Getty Images

Getty Images is a two year research project, funded by the Getty Fund, to catalogue the photographic collections from the Arctic and Africa.

TEXTILES

The Textiles web site

WORDIE EXPEDITION

The Wordie Expedition Website is a geo-blog mashup, developed by the Museum and its MPhil students (2006-2007). It charts the voyage of the 1927 Wordie Expedition to Greenland and Baffin Island through interactive maps, blogs, comments and collections.    

Visual Histories

  Visual Histories Web Site

Blobgects

Blobgects is an innovative experiment where catalogue entries of the Museum’s collections are presented in a BLOG format. Visitors can tag pages, select via a tag-cloud, comment, trackback and save searches, all within the catalogue blog.

Bodies Exposed: Image and Identity

In a visually overloaded world we are bombarded with images of how we should look, act, and think. These images can define who we are. This exhibition demonstrates the conflicting ways we represent ourselves by exploring themes such as beauty,

The Archaeological Story according to BLACCXN

An experiment in museum interpretation, AHRC Creative Fellow, Alana Jelinek, has written a new version of the archaeological story to sit alongside the texts already present on the ground floor of the museum. This new interpretation is written from the

Pouhaki: A historic Maori flagpole arrives in Cambridge

On Thursday December 4 2008, a powhiri (welcome) and ceremony of dedication took place at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, marking the installation in the permanent galleries of an eight-metre pouhaki, or fully-carved Maori flagpole. The pouhaki was carved

Gandhi’s Children

A shelter for children on the outskirts of Delhi provides food and accommodation for 350 boys. Some are orphans, others have been abandoned, still others have run away from home. About half are held under a court order, having been

Kauage: Artist of Papua New Guinea

Mathias Kauage was an exuberant painter and a founding figure of modern art in the Pacific. Kauage (c. 1944-2003) was born in Chimbu Province in the Papua New Guinea highlands. In the late 1960s he was employed as a labourer

The Island Catalogue

Over the last twenty years, museums have been diagnosed as instruments of modern western rationality. Ethnographic museums, particularly, have been seen as vehicles of knowledge, classification, and racial theory, theory that needless to say did violence to the Indigenous cultures

The Island

Brook Andrew is one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists. He has worked across a range of media – photography, installation and performance – and exhibited widely over the last fifteen years. Motivated by questions of politics, language, and Australia’s

Arctic Passages

  The early twentieth century saw an explosion of scholarly interest in the Polar Regions, and James Mann Wordie was at the centre of it in Britain. He personally led five scientific expeditions to Greenland and Canada in the 1920s

Celebrating Ghana

                                                                          Celebrating Ghana –

Gordon Bennett

The 1807 act to abolish the transatlantic slave trade was a landmark event in the history of struggles against colonial exploitation, unfree labour, and institutional racism. Yet slavery, exploitation and racism persisted in many forms, and remain potent and poisonous

Pasifika Styles

Pasifika Styles was an exhibition and festival celebrating contemporary art work inspired by Maori and Pacific Island culture and historic collections. Showcasing selected works from New Zealand’s top contemporary and emerging artists, the exhibition was presented in the Museum’s galleries

The Zisha Ceramics of China

Zisha teapots have been made since the 16th century in the town of Dingshu, in the Jiangsu Province of China. Reputed to be the best for brewing tea, these exquisite teapots have enjoyed the status of luxury items for centuries.

Tall Stories: Cannibal Forks

15th September to 31st OctoberTall Stories: Cannibal Forks Alana Jelinek. The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology is pleased to present the second in a series of art exhibitions and interventions by AHRC Creative Fellow, Alana Jelinek.’Tall Stories: Cannibal Forks’ explores

TATAU: Samoan Tattooing Global Culture

This exhibition is a revelation of a spectacular Polynesian body art,  the tattoo tradition of Samoa. For centuries peoples across the Pacific have decorated their bodies with dynamic tattoo designs. In Samoa Tufuga ta Tatau or ‘Priests of Tattoo’have continued,

TATAU: Symmetry Harmony and Beauty

This exhibition is a revelation of a spectacular Polynesian body art,  the tattoo tradition of Samoa. For centuries peoples across the Pacific have decorated their bodies with dynamic tattoo designs. In Samoa Tufuga ta Tatau or ‘Priests of Tattoo’have continued,

SAPMI

The Sami are an indigenous people in northern Europe. Their traditional territory, called Sãpmi, extends across four countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Artefacts from MAA’s Sami collections are once again on display in the world anthropology galleries, in a new exhibition which opened on Saturday 27 February.
MAA holds a small but significant collection of Sami artefacts and photographs, including two rare and important eighteenth-century divination drums, craft items from the nineteenth century and a valuable collection made by Ethel Lindgren and MikelUtsi in the 1930s.
The exhibit has been developed through cooperation between MAA staff, Sami colleagues in Sweden, and MPhil and doctoral students in Social Anthropology at Cambridge.

Assembling Bodies

10 March 2009 – 6 November 2010 Assembling Bodies: Art, Science & Imagination aims to challenge pre-conceived notions about the human body. This innovative, multi-disciplinary exhibition examines ways that bodies are constructed, known and transformed in various historical, cross-cultural and

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