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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


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Introduction to the museum
Von Hügel lectures
Past exhibitions
Behind the scenes of the MAA Stores Move
Research projects and events

Introduction to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

MAA Anthropology curator, Mark Elliott, speaks about the stories told by objects at MAA


MAA Director, Nicholas Thomas, speaks about his vision for the museum

Von Hügel Lectures

In 2010, the Museum launched its annual lecture series, named after the founding Curator Baron Anatole von Hügel, with the generous support of Peter Chapman, founding Chair of the MAA Friends. In 2019, the tenth annual lecture was delivered.

The ianugural Von Hügel lecture by Director Nicholas Thomas, 'Von Hügel's curiosiry: Encounter and experiment in the new museum', can be found printed as delivered in the HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 1(1).

Watch recordings of recent lectures:

Von Hügel Lecture 2019 by Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK


Von Hügel Lecture 2018 by John Mack of the Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK


Videos created for our past exhibitions and displays, taking a deeper dive into the collections and beyond.

Virtual Tour of [Re:]Entanglements: Decolonial Collections in Decolonial Times: 22 June 2021 - 20 April 2022


Church and the Ancestors: Sacred Pir Mats from Asmat, Papua, Indonesia: 3 December 2020 - January 2022


Virtual Tour of Another India: 8 March 2017 - 22 April 2018


Crafting Colour: 24 June – 28 September 2014

Behind the Scenes of the #MAAStoresMove

As part of the Cambridge Festival 2022, we went behind the scenes of the MAA Stores Move for a special live tour! Join Collections Assistants for a tour, insights, and Q&A of both the existing stores and new Centre for Material Culture, or find out more about the Stores Move Project.



Research and events

#DEVREST 4: Objects of Sovereignty

The 4th session in the Devolving Restitution series sponsored by the Pitt Rivers and the Open Society Foundation and hosted by AFFORD UK, addressing provenances and restitution of African collections at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

Watch the session in full below, or click here to watch individual sessions throughout the day.

Two million years of human history. One million artefacts. Countless astonishing stories.