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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


The Friends organisation makes an important contribution assisting MAA to be a thriving and successful museum. A major contribution is through support in fundraising, and one focus for this is the annual Von Hügel lecture, sponsored by the MAA Friends.

Artist in residence Alana Jelinek at her podcast launch, with Peter Chapman, founding Chair of the MAA Friends. 23 November 2017.

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Benefits of Membership

Members of the MAA Friends recieve:

  • The exclusive MAA Newsletter three times a year
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and a range of special events
  • discount at the Museum shop
  • Our monthly newsletter

Membership also means you can support the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Your money will go towards collections care, ongoing research, acquisitions, scholarships, exhibitions, and other vital work, as well as the benefits of your time, interest and expertise.

To find out more, please email us at

How do I join or renew my membership?

You can join online or by post. Membership options are:

  • Individual Friend - £24.00
  • Joint Friends (for two members living at the same address) - £36.00
  • Under 25s - £12.00
  • Life Friend - £360.00
  • Joint Life Friends - £540.00

Click here to join or renew online today!


To join by post, please complete the below form:

You may send the form to:

The Friends of MAA
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Von Hügel Lecture

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:
The V&A: Imperial pasts and the post-colonial present - Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Recorded at the Howard Theatre, Downing College, University of Cambridge, 14 March 2019


Von Hügel Lecture 2018:
Narrating and Curating the 'ritual object' - John Mack, Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia

MAA Friends Executive Committee

Chair Nick Stanley
Hon. Secretary Jane Woods
Hon. Treasurer Position available
Member Carol Bell
Member Position available
Newsletter Editor Shirley-Anne McAndew
Director of the Museum Nicholas Thomas
Museum Administrator Wendy Brown

New Committee Members

There is plenty of further scope to arrange additional special events and talks at MAA, and to organise tours to similar museums and galleries.  Many other Friends’ organisations have Committee members who take charge of events and outings programmes, and MAA Friends would like to emulate them within our special areas of interest.

We are keen to recruit new Committee members for this specific purpose as well as to participate in our existing partnership work with MAA.  Would you like to get involved in this rewarding activity? For an informal discussion please send us an email.

For information on how we use Friends’ personal data please see our Friends’ Data Protection Statement:

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