Collections Confidential

Monday 10 March, 11am-4pm

This workshop is now full.

As part of Cambridge Science Festival, the Museum will be running a Collections Confidential workshop with the unique opportunity to work with University of Cambridge Museum conservators and explore the secret life of a Fijian breastplate. Discover the context and history of some of our most treasured artefacts, and learn about the conservation techniques used to care for them.

Breastplate MAA_Z 2730 (2)_smBreastplate of pearl shell and whale ivory, presented by Cakobau to Arthur Gordon, first Governor of Fiji 1875-80 (Z 2730)

Whale Ivory and Chiefly Power – the Life of a Fijian Breastplate

A rare opportunity for a very close encounter with the outstanding breastplate that once adorned Tanoa Visawaqa, a powerful Fijian chief in the mid-nineteenth century. This workshop combines insights from recent historical research and conservation analysis to explore the movement of people, objects and skills within Western Polynesia. The event will include a gallery talk by the Curator of MAA’s current exhibition Chief & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji.

£20 (£16 concessions). Booking essential. Age 16+
This workshop is now full.

Please contact Liz Haslemere at the museum on eh268@cam.ac.uk to book your place.

An outcome of the AHRC Fijian Art Research Project (2011-2014).

More events taking place at MAA as part of Cambridge Science Festival can be found here

Tanoa Breastplate lr (2)_smTanoa Visawaqa, chief of Bau and Cakobau’s father depicted wearing the breastplate in 1840. After a drawing by Alfred Agate of the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842).

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