Engaging 21st Century Researchers

Monday 2nd July 2018, 12:30 – 6:00pm

A workshop exploring museum engagements with academic and community researchers, related to Engaging Collections Online, a project funded by the Designated Development Fund, Arts Council England.


Until 17 June 2018


Available from the Front Desk

India, Empire and Colonial Collecting

This gallery-taught, discussion based, session will introduce students to ‘indigenous’ tribal communities in India and explore their complex relationship with Britain during the empire. Using handling objects students will question colonial collection practices and look into how modern day collecting

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

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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

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

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.


The Textiles web site


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

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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

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

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

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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,



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.

Polynesian Activity Day

Part of the Pasifika Styles Festival. With workshops led by Natasha Vaike and Rosanna Raymond, and activities running all day in the Museum galleries. Activities include games from the Pacific, Hula classes (at 12 and 2pm) and storytelling (3pm). Tuesday

Tyvan throat-singing and Music Workshop

Radik throat singer. A unique opportunity to learn overtone-singing, one of the oldest forms of music-making, from Radik Tulush (of bands Yat-Kha and Huun-Huur-Tu). Tuesday 29th May 2007, 7pm – 9pm Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions), available from the Museum of

Lunchtime Talks

A series of Lunchtime talks in July. Tuesday to Friday at 1pm. 20 minute talks introducing various topics: Tues 17 July: Magic and Modernity by Alex Blandford and Rhonda Nicholl Weds 18 July: Why Do Humans Share Food by Martin

Beasts and Birds: The Big Draw

Come and be inspired by our fantastic beasts and birds Drop in activities Saturday 20th October, Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th October, 10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Saturday 20th October Let our artists help you create a fantastic beast, using

Once upon a time in Ghana

Wednesday 5 December 2007 – Talk by Anna Cottrell, author of Once Upon a Time in Ghana: Traditional Ewe Stories Retold in English Anna will talk about how she came to be collecting stories in Ghana. She will then share

National Archaeology Week 2008

Saturday 12 July, Tuesday 14 to Friday 18 July SOUNDS AMAZING Explore the archaeology of music with drop-in activities, lunch-time talks and demonstrations in the Museum. Saturday 12 July A full day of activities, hands-on activities and events. All free

Altai Kai Siberian Music Workshop

Thursday 24 July evening The music of Altai Kai  exudes the energy and mystery of a snow-capped mountainous homeland in which powerful spirits need to be brought on side in order for herders and hunters to survive. By combining kai

Festival of Ideas 2008

Thursday 23 October 2.30 – 8pm Captain Cook Study Day Saturday 25 October 10.30am – 4.30 pm The Big Idea Drop in activities and demonstrations all day. Use the Museum’s amazing collections to inspire your artwork. Take part in the

Captain Cook Study Day

Thursday 23 October 2008 Captain James Cook is commonly regarded as the greatest sea explorer of all time. His voyages dramatically extended European geographic knowledge of the Pacific and Antarctic, but were also of tremendous importance for many encounters with

Science Festival 2008

Saturday 15th March 2008 Cambridge Science Festival Science on Saturday Make Your Own Rock Art On the lawn outside the Museum. All over the world ancient people made images – superb pictures like at Lascaux and innumerable sites in Australia,

Summer Trail 2008

Until 15 September 2008. Take part in the museums summer trail and you could win a riding lesson. Collect pony points as you answer questions in the participating museums, and when you have enough points to pass the finishing line,

Weaving Workshop with Cathy Schuster

Friday 5th December 2008 Mahi Piupiu – Making a Piupiu with Cathy Schuster 5pm at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology In this presentation we will explore the making of this highly valued garment, still worn by Maori performance groups

Science Festival 2009

Saturday 14th March 10.30 am – 4 pm (drop in any time) Centuries of Collecting Who were the first archaeologists? Where did they dig? What did they find? Come and discover the history and science of archaeology and take part