Dr Jody Joy: Senior Curator (Archaeology)

Jody Joy (BA, MA, PhD, FSA) is curator with responsibility for British and European Archaeology. He specializes in the archaeology of northwest Europe during the first millennium BC but his research interests also include the later Bronze Age and early

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Curious Collections: University of Cambridge Museums family day

Wednesday 29 October 12.00pm – 4.00pm The Fitzwilliam Museum’s Family programme will be taken over by seven Cambridgeshire museums. Join them in creating and organising your own collection by trying various activities spread throughout the Museum. As part of Curating Cambridge the

The Campsite at Curating Cambridge

Saturday 25 October 10.30pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 26 October 11.00pm – 4.00pm A two-day weekend extravaganza where museums step out of their normal homes and into a pop-up venue with a difference… Join us for fun, discovery and surprises. It’s

The incredible life of Tibetan Books

Hands-on activities inspired by ‘Buddha’s Word: The life of Books in Tibet and Beyond’. Discover the magical power of written words and their journey to Cambridge through hands-on activities inspired by our exhibition ‘Buddha’s Word: The life of Books in

Curating Cambridge Anthropology

Wednesday 5 November 1.00pm – 1.30pm Talk by Anita Herle, Senior Curator for Anthropology at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Collections made during field research were foundational to the development of the Museum and the discipline of anthropology. This

Build a Day of the Dead altar

Celebrate with the Cambridge Mexican Society and help us build a Day of the Dead altar in the Museum. Take part in The Day of the Dead Celebrations by helping the museum and Mexican Society build an altar. As the

Creative basketry through the ages: talk

Wednesday 12 November 6.30pm – 7.30pm Discover the craft and history of creative basketry. Discover the craft and history of creative basketry in a talk by well known basketry and weaving expert Mary Butcher. The talk will be followed by

Magic and Memory: Paul Montague in New Caledonia

Tuesday 9 September 2014 – Sunday 8 March 2015

A small display remembering Cambridge zoologist Paul Montague and his research in New Caledonia.

Buddha’s Word: Creative Workshops

Respond creatively in words and sounds to the ‘Buddha’s Word’ exhibition through a series of workshops.  UNFORTUNATELY THESE WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED A series of ninety minute workshops giving you the opportunity and encouragement to respond creatively in words and

Unearthing Cambridge: Lunchtime Talks

Rediscover your city through this series of talks based on the displays at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Rediscover your city through this series of talks based on the displays in our Cambridge Archaeology Gallery. Each talk will unearth

Buddha’s Word Gallery Talks

Come along for a series of talks from the Cambridge-based academics, researchers and curators of the first exhibition of Tibetan material in Cambridge and discover the power of the written word. Come along for a series of talks that reveal

Open Cambridge

The museum is pleased to be taking part in Open Cambridge 2014 where for one special weekend in September, Cambridge unlocks its secrets and welcomes you through the doors of some of its most beautiful and intriguing places. The following events

Summer at the Museums

Come along to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology this summer and take part in our family activities. Postcards from Around the World Want to travel the world this summer but forgot to book a holiday? Do not worry, stop

Crafting Colour: Beads, Pattern and Painting from the Kalahari

24 June – 28 September 2014
South Lecture Room
Contemporary prints and paintings produced in western Botswana over the last twenty five years feature in this summer exhibition.

MAA Friends: Tea & Talk

2:30pm, First Saturday of the Month

Join curators, researchers and conservators at MAA for an informal and behind-the-scenes talk about their work, followed by tea and Fitzbillies’ famous chelsea buns!

Paddle-club 1932.680

[singlepic id=265 w=250 h=450 float=none]Paddle-club, Culacula This heavy paddle-club is entirely carved with very fine Fijian-style geometric patterns and a number of single, paired and mirrored anthropomorphic figures. Very elongated, they differ from the Tongan-style figures found on some Western

Photo Presentation of barkcloth LS.121058.TC1

[singlepic id=226 w=450 h=250 float=none]Presentation of barkcloth A large sheet of barkcloth (masi) is carried across the ceremonial ground (rara). Possibly photographed by A. B. Brewster, 1880-1900. Fiji. Collected by G. K. Roth. LS.121058.TC1 Solevu installation This installation evokes the

Painting by Josua Toganivalu 2013.27

[singlepic id=363 w=350 h=350 float=none]‘The Journey’ Josua Toganivalu, 2009 The painting reflects on the notion of life as a journey. The earth colours and grid-like structure are inspired by barkcloth. Geometrical motifs alternate with figurative scenes, including a canoe (waqa),

Garland 2013.30

[singlepic id=480 w=250 h=450 float=none]Garland, Salusalu Salusalu are garlands worn during ceremonial and festive occasions. Created by women, they are presented to the guests of honour at events, normally when being welcomed. Made of hibiscus (vau) fibre, they may be

Garland 2013.32

[singlepic id=481 w=250 h=450 float=none]Garland, Salusalu Salusalu are garlands worn during ceremonial and festive occasions. Created by women, they are presented to the guests of honour at events, normally when being welcomed. Made of hibiscus (vau) fibre, they may be

Barkcloth 1963.209

[singlepic id=140 w=450 h=250 float=none]Barkcloth Decorated with thirty-seven stencilled motifs, this piece is not a typical example of Fijian barkcloth or a copy of a masi G. K. Roth encountered in Fiji. He commissioned it from women in Vatulele to

Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond

28 May 2014 – 17 January 2015

This exhibition charts some of the incredible journeys that the words of the Buddha have taken: crossing mountains and oceans and taking different material forms in different places. It focuses on books, not just as objects of learning and study, but as relics of the Buddha, and sacred objects in their own right.

Portrait of Baron Anatole von Hügel P. Voluzan, 1899-1900 2013.14

[singlepic id=91 w=250 h=450 float=none]Portrait of Baron Anatole von Hügel P.  Voluzan, 1899-190o It thus comes about that up to the present von Hügel’s permanent memorial is the Museum. Those who remember the condition of affairs before and during the

Francis Dufty studio portraits 1871 – 77

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Photo Cakobau

[singlepic id=416 w=250 h=450 float=none]Cakobau is dressed vakatoga or in the chiefly Tongan style, with a long skirt of gatu barkcloth gathered and folded high up beneath the ribs, and a fringed white barkcloth waist sash.  

Photo Adi Litia Samanunu

[singlepic id=418 w=250 h=450 float=none]Adi Litia Samanunu’s portrait was actually taken by Sir John Thurston in 1869, but subsequently reprinted by Dufty under his studio’s name. This is the only known photograph of Adi Litia Samanunu.

Photo Adi Arieta Kuila and Timoce

[singlepic id=419 w=250 h=450 float=none]Adi Arieta Kuila was the eldest daughter of Cakobau and Adi Litia Samanunu of Bau. Although the boy is named as ‘Timoce’, this is probably Ratu Peni Tanoa.

Photo Viti Levu highlanders

[singlepic id=410 w=250 h=450 float=none] The men are wearing ulumate (wigs of human or horse hair), characteristic of Viti Levu.

Photo Koroicata

[singlepic id=411 w=250 h=450 float=none]Koroicata was a member of the Lasakau – one of the fishing or seafarer tribes at Bau island, just off the east coast of Viti Levu.

Photo Solomon boy and Ra Coast Fijian

[singlepic id=399 w=250 h=450 float=none]Both men have posed for the camera wearing Fijian chiefly accoutrements and holding clubs probably used by Dufty as studio props.

Photo soldier of the Armed Native Constabulary

[singlepic id=400 w=250 h=450 float=none]Armed with an Enfield rifle complete with bayonet, and wearing an ANC issue snake-buckled cartridge belt, he is otherwise dressed as a Christian warrior.

Photo Viti Levu highlander

[singlepic id=413 w=250 h=450 float=none]The man is wearing a tabua (presentation whale tooth), which is normally an important item of presentation, not an ornament.

Salt basket Z 29893

[singlepic id=227 w=250 h=450 float=none]Salt basket Salt was an important exchange valuable in the 19th century. Nadroga, in southwest Viti Levu, was a major centre of production. These salt baskets of coconut leaf from the 1950s enclose commercial tin and

Photo Rotuman man and female relatives

[singlepic id=414 w=250 h=450 float=none]The man is dressed entirely as a European, in suit, waistcoat, shirt and tie, trousers and boots. The two women wear vinivoa (pinafore bodices) introduced by the missionaries, and cloth isulu (wrap-around skirts).

Photo Fijians

[singlepic id=422 w=250 h=450 float=none]Cricket was introduced by the British and quickly picked up by Fijians. It remains a popular sport in some parts of Fiji today.

Photo young woman of Lomaloma

[singlepic id=417 w=250 h=450 float=none]She is wearing a liku skirt of stripped, pleated and variously dyed pandanus leaf, with a long hanging tassel of probably dark red dyed vau hibiscus bast fibres, the latter being indicative of chiefly status.

Photo Joeli Bulu

[singlepic id=403 w=250 h=450 float=none]Joeli Bulu was influential in the conversion of Cakobau, the Vunivalu of Bau, to Christianity in the 1850s, and was for many years Cakobau’s personal chaplain.

Photo Samoan woman

[singlepic id=404 w=250 h=450 float=none]Many of the items shown were Dufty’s studio props and appear in other portraits. Dufty also sold Fijian curios, and the priest’s dish on the left was bought by Sir Arthur Gordon.

Photo Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua

[singlepic id=405 w=250 h=450 float=none]Timoci is holding an iula drisia throwing club and wearing a cotton isulu with a white barkcloth waistsash and smoked barkcloth iwabale shoulder sash.

Photo Adi Senisia

[singlepic id=406 w=250 h=450 float=none]Adi Senisia is holding a feather duster that was used by Dufty as a studio prop, and appears in eleven other portraits.

Photo Emily Trask

[singlepic id=407 w=250 h=450 float=none]Francis Dufty made a second portrait of Emily Trask, that time wearing traditional Fijian clothing.

Breastplate Z 2749

[singlepic id=83 w=350 h=350 float=left][singlepic id=84 w=350 h=350 float=left]                     Breastplate, Civatabua Formed of seven plates of whale ivory, and of Tongan origin, this breastplate was amongst the first objects collected

Model double-hulled canoe Z 2706

[singlepic id=364 w=450 h=250 float=none]Model Drua Double-hulled canoe with plaited pandanus sail and crescent-shaped mast head (domodomo). This model does not feature the planking found on large-scale drua. Probably Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 2706

Manos Creadoras (Creative Hands): Chilean arts and crafts

Friday 16 May, 5-9pm Museums at Night The museum is delighted to welcome three Chilean artists travelling to the UK for the first time. Join us for this special evening opening; drop in and talk to the artists who will

Photo Double-hulled canoe P.43887.HNL

[singlepic id=366 w=250 h=450 float=none]Double-hulled canoe, Drua A small drua about to cavu, which involves lifting the sail from one end of the main hull, sliding it along to slot into the other end, thereby changing direction. Small double canoes

Map Fiji

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Spear Z 3963

[singlepic id=373 w=350 h=350 float=left][singlepic id=374 w=350 h=350 float=left]                       Spear, Saisai This saisai takes its shape from forked fishing spears.The four heads are bound to the central shaft with

Club Z 3097

[singlepic id=186 w=150 h=150 float=left][singlepic id=188 w=150 h=150 float=left][singlepic id=191 w=150 h=150 float=left] [singlepic id=187 w=150 h=150 float=left][singlepic id=189 w=150 h=150 float=center] [singlepic id=190 w=150 h=150 float=left][singlepic id=192 w=150 h=150 float=center] Club, Totokia This totokia is entirely carved with very

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