The Von Hugel Lecture 2016

Professor Jane Lydon
Waking up the Archives: Returning Australian Aboriginal Photographs

Thursday 25 February 2016, 5.30pmcat.P.75095.VH
Mill Lane Lecture Theatre 1

This year’s Von Hugel lecture will focus on the histories of Aboriginal photos and collections. Professor Jane Lydon from the University of Western Australia will review in her lecture, ‘Waking up the Archives’, some of these Australian photographs brought to Cambridge by Anatole Von Hugel. These images played a vital but ambiguous role in creating the anthropological science of the time, and in affirming the new institution’s authority. Returning these images to aboriginal descendants today gives the pictures new meanings and values.

There will be a drinks reception at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology after the lecture.


MGP-UWA-Jane Lydon July 2013 01Professor Lydon holds the Wesfarmers Chair of History at the University of Western Australia. Her research has centred upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. She has worked across archaeology, heritage studies and history, particularly on colonial visual cultures, seeking to understand how photographs have shaped ideas about rights, identity and culture.


With the generous support of Peter Chapman, Chair of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Friends, the Museum has established an annual Von Hügel Lecture to commemorate the energy and contribution of the founding Curator, Baron Anatole von Hügel (1854-1928), and to ensure ongoing discussion of the intellectual challenges raised by the Museum and its remarkable collections.

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