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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Photographic slides from Massim, PNG, in MAA photographic collections



The Museum cares for over 250,000 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 cultural objects. Our earliest photographs were made in 1853 by Frederick Berger of Garicha and Dick, two Kuarareg men from Cape York, Queensland. The collection includes material from the late 19th and early 20th century – when there was significant developments in the way photography was used – as well as recent works by contemporary anthropologists and artists. Many photographs are on regular display; the reserve collection can be seen by appointment.

The staff working in the Photography section of the museum are:

Dr Anita Herle, Senior Curator

Dr Jocelyne Dudding, Collections Manager

Contact the Photography Team

If you have questions about the Photography collections at MAA, please contact the Collections Manager, Dr Jocelyne Dudding

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