Matt Buckley: Head of Workshop Jonathan King: Von Hügel Fellow

Jonathan King is a visual anthropologist, who completed nearly 40 years at the British Museum, leaving in 2012 as Keeper of Anthropology. While he was in London the old Department of Ethnography settled into its new designation as the Department

Julia Norman: Museum Attendant Who Cares? Missionary Heritage Network

Britain was one of the most significant sources of missionaries to Africa and the Pacific during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While histories of missionary activity continue to matter to people in these now strongly Christian parts of the world,

Fijian Art Research and Websites

Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji WEBSITE Political power, sacred value, social transformation and collecting since the 18th century This three-year project, running from May 2011 to April 2014, is a collaboration between the Sainsbury Research Unit for


MAA’s representative collections are accessible on European Collected Library of Artistic Performance (ECLAP) through a two-year research project (2011–13) with support from a grant from the European Commission. Project ECLAP was initiated in 2010 with over 20 European participant countries,

Step Inside: Thresholds

Tuesday 19 March, 6.30 – 8.00 pm  An evening of inspiration and performance of writing from the Thresholds Poetry and Museums project. Thresholds poets are writing poems based on exploration of collections from archaeology to zoology, and are also working

Compasses and Catapults

Saturday 16 March, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm Come and explore the Museum’s collections and find out about discoveries and inventions that have changed the world – from pantochronometers to potatoes – then get hands on with our siege machines.

The Cultured Rainforest

4 April – 1 June 2013 South Lecture Room The Cultured Rainforest tells the story of the rainforest on the island of 
Borneo and the people for whom it has been home, today and in the past. The 
exhibition overturns

The Fork’s Tale

The Fork’s Tale, as narrated by Itself. The story of a nineteenth century Fijian ‘cannibal fork’ in the museum’s collections complete with drawings from its point of view.

Each month, on the 15th of the month and throughout 2013, a new chapter of ‘The Fork’s Tale’ will be written and published and available exclusively from the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology shop.

Archival Material

The Museum’s archives are a rich resource that relates to MAA’s collections as well as to the history of the Museum itself and its role in the development of the disciplines of archaeology and anthropology. Among the archives are excavation

Modern and Contemporary Art

Since the 1990s the Museum has acquired works of modern and contemporary art, especially works that are from communities represented in our great historic collections, or that are otherwise relevant to the Museum. Since a surprising number of the historic

Photographic Collections

The Museum holds over 220,000 photographic objects, one of the largest and most significant anthropology and archaeology collections in Britain. The Museum has always collected photographs, viewing them as important sources of information. Our earliest photographs were taken in 1860

Anthropological Collections

MAA cares for works of art and artefacts from Asia, Africa, Oceania and native America, and those representing British and European folklore. Among the museum’s most famous collections are those deriving from the voyages of Captain Cook to the Pacific

Archaeological Collections

The Museum holds archaeological finds from every part of the inhabited world. They range from some of the very oldest – early hominid tools discovered by Louis Leakey in Olduvai Gorge, east Africa – to medieval and post-medieval finds from

Tall Stories: Cannibal Forks

15 September – October 31 2010 This was the first version of the artwork, ‘Tall Stories: Cannibal Forks’ on display in the Maudslay Gallery next to the Fiji cabinet as an intervention into the museum’s displays. The artwork comprised 26

Unlimited Global Alchemy

23 June – 18 August 2012 Unlimited Global Alchemy is a collaborative exhibition project spearheaded by artist Rachel Gadsden (UK). Working with the Bambanani artist-activist Group (South Africa), they explore the psychology and politics of HIV/AIDS and of life-giving medical


7 – 23 March 2013 • P • I • T • O • T • I • is a multimedia digital rock art exhibition which originated from years of research by Dr Christopher Chippindale and Dr Frederick Baker of

Gifts and Discoveries

25 May 2012 – 16 February 2013 Gifts & Discoveries is the first special exhibition in MAA’s new Li Ka Shing Gallery. It tells the stories behind some of the outstanding artefacts in the Museum’s collection and traces their journeys

Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji

7 June 2013 – 19 April 2014,
Li Ka Shing Gallery

This will be the first ever exhibition dedicated to Fijian Art outside Fiji. It draws on MAA’s exceptional collection of Fijian artefacts, photographs and archives, a collection closely linked to the early colonial history of Fiji and the foundation of the Museum.

Artefacts of Encounter

Artefacts of Encounter was a 3-year project (April 2010 – March 2013) based at MAA. The research aimed to track down artefacts collected on more than 40 voyages that entered Polynesia between 1765-1840, and to use those artefacts as primary

Donate objects

Pratima of the Goddess Durga, donated by the Cambridge Indian Cultural Society in 2017. Made by Mintu Paul, Kolkata, 2007. MAA 2017.27. From its foundation onwards, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has been the recipient of artefacts and collections

Donate money

Whether larger or small, financial donations received by the Museum are hugely important to the ongoing care of the collections and continued improvement of the exhibition galleries. All the money we receive goes directly towards the core activities of the

Getting Here

Getting here Cambridge is easily accessed by road or rail and has good transport links to London and towns across East Anglia. Bicycle Cambridge is a ‘bike-friendly’ city with designated cycle lanes on many roads. Bicycles can be rented from

PhD Research

Curators at the museum are always interested to hear from students who are thinking about pursuing doctoral research relating to museums, and particularly to their own research specialisms. Members of staff who are able to supervise research students are: Prof.

MPhil in Social Anthropology

The MPhil in Social Anthropology and Museums is a taught course in social anthropology examining artefact-based theory and anthropology in the context of museums, and the history and role of museums themselves. Drawing on historical and cross-cultural comparisons, students are

Undergraduate Studies

MAA regularly hosts practicals for undergraduate students of archaeology and other subjects. These enable students to get their hands on relevant artefacts from the Museum’s collections, gaining essential practical experience alongside their lectures and seminars. MAA holds a teaching collection

Creativity in the Bronze Age – a response

2 April – 30 June 2013
An intervention into MAA’s experimental World Archaeology Gallery by a group of seven contemporary craft artists, ranging from artist jewelers to potters:
Mary Butcher, Susan Kinley, Helen Marton, Syann van Niftrik, Julian Stair, Sheila Teague and Gary Wright


A brand new, fully searchable online catalogue of the object, photograph and document collections cared for by MAA was launched in August 2020 and can be found at The material in the museum is organised into a number of

South Lecture Room: Temporary Exhibitions

Part of the Division of Archaeology, the South Lecture Room is used by the Museum as a temporary exhibition space during the University vacations. Please see the What’s On section for further details.

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