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Göttingen Visit
25- 27 July 2011

Arawa visitors in Cambridge

June 2011

Cook collections: research breakthrough at the British Museum

Cook First Voyage collections: research visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum

Ngai Tamanuhiri in Cambridge

September 2010

Sainsbury Research Unit collaboration

Funding excellence

August 2010

Pacific Arts Association Xth International Symposium

DiSCO Workshop

July 2010

Research seminar: Digital Subjects, Cultural Objects

June 2010

Introductory talk for TATAU: Symmetry, Harmony and Beauty

MAA hosts Semisi Fetokai Potauaine

EXHIBITION – Tatau: Samoan Tattooing / Global Culture

January 2010

Visit to Uawa


Artefacts of Encounter project Closing Workshop, 2-3 May 2013
Maia Nuku

The project team hosted a closing workshop to mark the end of the Artefacts of Encounter project at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) in Cambridge on 2-3 May 2013. We were joined by affiliated researchers, conservators, curators and other colleagues who have been particularly supportive of the project. The team showcased some of our most significant research findings as well as the current advanced state of development of KIWA, our digital research environment. We were keen to identify and publicize opportunities for further collaboration on new projects, notably Pacific Presences, a 5-year ERC-funded initiative led by Artefacts of Encounter PI Professor Nicholas Thomas, which also involves several other members of the current project team.

Guests attended an evening reception in the museum galleries and had the opportunity to visit the new Fiji exhibition Chiefs & Governors: Art & Power in Fiji, recently opened in the Museum’s Li Ka Shing gallery.

On the following day the team and collaborators presented the project’s major research findings to a specialist audience. In focusing our primary research on objects, we have found working with conservators especially productive, and in order to generate dialogue between conservation specialists and other researchers we invited four conservators to lead their own panel, entitled Collaborative endeavours with Conservation. In this session, Deb Carr (Cranfield University, UK), Luba Dovgan Nurse (former Andrew Mellon Fellow in conservation at The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC) and Mark Nesbitt (Economic Botany Collection Kew) presented case studies relating to the conservation of Maori and Pacific collections. Jeremy Uden (Clothworkers’ Guild Senior Conservation Fellow, Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford) related some of the exciting discoveries which have come to light following the disassembly of the Cook second voyage/Forster collection heiva tupapa’u or Tahitian mourners’s costume (shortly to be published in a forthcoming article co-authored with Jeremy Coote for the Journal of Polynesian Studies).

Other invited speakers included project Affiliated Researchers Wonu Veys (Museum für Völkerkunde, Leiden) and Elena Govor (Australian National University, Canberra) who presented their research on the Pacific voyages of d’Entrecasteaux and Krusenstern in a session entitled Exploring Collections. In a final session, Pacific Collaborations, Research Associate Billie Lythberg was joined by Jenny Newell (American Museum of Natural History) in a session highlighting the collaborative work that has been foundational to the ambitions and successes of the project. They shared highlights of the recent visit of our project partners Toi Hauiti to New York, fulfilling a long-awaited dream to visit their ancestral carving Paikea– a fitting and very moving tribute which underscored the continued relevance and power of Polynesian artefact collections and the crucial role of artefacts in affirming ongoing relationships between museums and Pacific peoples.