Representing Africa in British Museums

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Friday, 8 June 2018
10:15-17:00 | Royal Albert Memorial Museum

bjects from the African continent were initially acquired by traders, political officers, explorers, scholars, and missionaries. How well does this material represent Africa?
We explore this question with internationally-renowned curators and academics of African collections in Britain.

Planned presentations

Speaker order will be alphabetical

Exploring donors, uncovering collections, and transforming displays: the Africa collection at RAMM
Mr Tony Eccles (Curator of Ethnography, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter)

Representing (South) Africa in the British Museum: the art of many nations
Dr John Giblin (Head of Africa Section, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, British Museum)

Representing African Islam in British Museums
Professor Timothy Insoll (Al-Qasimi Chair in African and Islamic Archaeology, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter)

Rearrangements and Reevaluations of the African Collection at Liverpool’s World Museum, 1895 to 2018
Dr Zachary Kingdon (Curator, Africa Collections, World Museum, Liverpool)

Kente Trade: African Choices and British Museums
Dr Malika Kraamer (Independent Curator and Researcher)

The Rehabilitation of the Fetish
Professor John Mack (The Sainsbury Research Unit, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia)

Manchester Museum’s Cross Disciplinary Approach to Representing Africa
Mr Stephen Welsh and Dr Campbell Price (Curators of Living Cultures and Egypt and Sudan, The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester)

Re-collecting the Missionary Road: Excavating Collections from a South African Contact Zone
Dr Chris Wingfield (Senior Curator [Archaeology], Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge)

African Collections in the National Museum of Scotland
Dr Sarah Worden (Senior Curator, African collections, Department of World cultures, National Museums Scotland)

Putting the ethnography back into ethnography galleries: Redisplaying African collections in the new World gallery at the Horniman
Dr Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp (Curator of Anthropology, Horniman Museum, London)

In association with the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies