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 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

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

Beat the Bronze Age: The Microgold Challenge

Saturday 23rd July 2016
11.00 am – 4.00pm

Come along and take
the Micro-Gold Challenge.
Free Drop in Event
All ages welcome

Ready, Steady… Play !

Tuesday 26th July 2016
11.00 am – 1.00pm
Tuesday 2nd August
2.00 pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday 9th August
11.00 am – 1.00pm
Tuesday 16th August
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Bring the kids to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for some fun this summer!
Play some great games from the past.
Free Drop in Event
Age 5+ years

Mini-Me

Tuesday 23rd August 2016
11.00am – 1.00pm
& 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Make a mini version of yourself inspired by objects in the museum.
Free Drop in Event
Ages 3-6 years

Dr Ali Clark: Research Associate

Ali Clark  (MA, PhD) is a post-doctoral research associate on the project, Pacific Presences: Oceanic Art and European Museums (2013 – 2018). Ali completed an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship (2009-2013) with King’s College London and the Department of AOA at

MAA Annual Reports

The Annual Reports for the years 1885-2005  are listed in date order.  The file name, eg “AR1886 2nd” , indicates it is the second report produced and it is for the year 1886. Please be aware that these reports are in

Sarah-Jane Harknett: Outreach Organiser

Sarah-Jane Harknett (BSc MA) has a background in Archaeology and Museum Studies. In her current role she develops, expands and promotes the Museum’s public events, special activities, outreach facilities and evaluation. She is an assistant leader for the Young Archaeologists’

Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past

30 January 2016 – 29 January 2017
Li Ka Shing Gallery

Find glimpses of children lives in East Anglia and across England from 1 million years ago to the 20th century, on display in the Li Ka Shing Gallery until January 2017.

Tuniit: Arctic Giants & Ivory Miniatures

January – September 2016
Micro Gallery

Exquisite sculptures of miniature human figures, polar bears, caribou, walrus and birds a thousand years old, created by pre-Inuit people living in the region of present day Igloolik in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

Knowing West Papua: the art and politics of West Papua, (Indonesia) New Guinea

Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
MAA is hosting an event to celebrate the art and cultures of West Papua. The event includes performances by Papuan musicians, the last chance to experience the exhibition, ‘Sounding Out the Morning Star: Music and West Papua’ and talks by artists, musicians and University of Cambridge researchers about West Papua. The day will also include the UK premier of ‘Knowing’ (48mins), a video project by artist, Alana Jelinek.

Museums at Night: The Power of Paper

Drop-in events and activities inspired by our special exhibition The Power of Paper.

Hour-long printmaking demonstrations at 5, 6.30 and 8.

Cash bar.

Relief Printmaking Workshop with Lynne E. Windsor and Lizzie Smith

Sunday 3 May, 2 – 4pm £20/£15 concessions. Age 12+ 8 places available, material supplied. Booking required – please follow this link.  You will be introduced to Relief printmaking, using easy cut lino with paper stencils and tools to create

Power of Paper Printmaking Workshops

  Drypoint Printmaking Workshop with Curwen Print Study Centre Sunday 20 September, 2 – 4 pm £20/£15 concessions. Age 12+ 8 places available, material supplied, booking required – please register here. An immediate and sensitive intaglio process giving you the ability

MAA Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Clarke Hall: Archaeology of Cambridge[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]Text[/bs_col][bs_col class=”col-sm-6″]Text[/bs_col][/bs_row] Located on the ground floor, the Cambridge Gallery is devoted to British archaeology and, in particular, the archaeology of Cambridge and the surrounding area. The only display of its kind in the

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.

Cambridge Gallery app 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

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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!

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.

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.

Photo Cakobau

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.  

Salt basket Z 29893

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 glass containers. Lomawai,Viti Levu,

Model double-hulled canoe Z 2706

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 Drua Drua travelled long

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

Barkcloth prints & mat

Barkcloth prints & mat The printed cloth used as a backdrop to this installation is taken from two pieces of barkcloth in MAA’s collection: a Tongan-style rubbed barkcloth at the top and a piece of stencilled Fijian-style masi at the

Throwing club Z 3071

          Throwing club, iUla drisia Inlaid with pieces of whale ivory and possibly a human tooth. The base of the head is inlaid with tiny white glass beads. The shaft is imprinted with notches and circular

Tabua 1918.213.68 / Z 3030

                    Tabua Presentation whale tooth attached to a cord of plaited coir. Numerous tabua were gifted to Governor Gordon, some inscribed with the date and place of their presentation. This tabua

Yaqona cup Z 3326

Yaqona cup, Bilo Many of the men and women living at Government House adopted the practice of drinking yaqona regularly. Most of them owned their own mixing and drinking equipment, including bowls (tanoa) and cups (bilo). Nadrau, Viti Levu, Fiji.

Yaqona strainer Z 3467

Yaqona strainer This strainer comes from the Viti Levu Highlands. Fern leaves were placed inside the bowl to trap impurities. The filtered liquid was poured through the spout. Nadrau, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 346

Cup & Stand Z 3346 & Z 3486

Cup, Bilo vakatautauri & stand Coconut shell cup with a plaited coir (magimagi) handle and suspension loop. The circular stand is also made of plaited coir and filled with different kinds of vegetable fibre. Matailobau, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by

Salt basket Z 29897

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 glass containers. Lomawai,Viti Levu,

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