27 August 2020

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery: Objects looking for new homes.

 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery are looking to rehome by free transfer, a number of items from the World Cultures collection that formed part of the former Derbyshire School Library Service. The project is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and seeks to find sustainable outcomes for the collection within accredited museums for the continued use of the collection in the public realm for exhibitions, engagement projects and research. The project is guided by the Museums Association Code of Ethics.

The Museum currently has 17 Japanese prints and paintings dating from the 19th to 20th century, and 308 miscellaneous ethnographic objects from around the world and ranging in date from the 19th to 20th century.


If you would like more information about the project and the items and would like to apply for them via an Expression of Interest form, please contact the project lead, Bret Gaunt at: Bret.Gaunt@derbyshire.gov.uk


Closing dates for the applications are:


Japanese prints and paintings: 5pm Friday 25 September.


Miscellaneous ethnography: 5pm Friday 16 October

24 August 2020

Conference: Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future

The following conference includes several panels on museums and collections which may be of interest to our members.  


14 - 18 September 2020

The Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future conference is jointly organised by the RAI, the RGS, the British Academy, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, and the BM’s Department for Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The conference was originally planned as a face to face conference to be held in June 2020, but it will now be an online conference to be held 14-18 September 2020.
The RAI believes that anthropology and geography should be close, all the more so as the two disciplines have so much in common, both today and in the past. It hopes very much that through this conference, existing dialogues can be explored and further conversations take place on a host of vital issues including the Anthropocene, definitions of ethnology, methodology and fieldwork, contemporary understanding, education and public awareness, and the place of our disciplines in the modern world. We hope equally that this will lead to a shared intellectual understanding of our past and the emergence of the two disciplines, and an even closer engagement in the future, particularly in terms of emerging fields of mutual interest: e.g. digital media, geospatial mapping, and satellite photography.

Informal enquiries may be made to info@therai.org.uk

Registration opens 1 July 2020

Full details can be found on the RAI website. 

Barkcloth Basics: Interpreting and Understanding Pacific Barkcloth

The ‘Barkcloth Basics: Interpreting and Understanding Pacific Barkcloth’ workshops which we had hoped to still take place in our partner museums, unfortunately will not take place because of the continued impact of Covid-19.

However, we are extremely pleased to announce that we will be moving our activities online and will create virtual resources and content that will closely replicate our original plans, while at the same time allowing us to reach an even wider audience than anticipated. We are delighted that our amazing tapa makers and artists Reggie Meredith Fitiao and Uilisone Fitiao will also take part in this new online content.

Together, we will be facilitating a select number of live sessions in which we can interact with museum staff, artists, makers, and the general public and talk about tapa in museum collections, as well as people’s own engagement with Pacific tapa.

The live online sessions will take place between Friday 4 September – Tuesday 8 September, with multiple times to choose from. Due to great demand, we have added the session on the 8th to ensure UK-based museum professionals are able to attend, as Monday’s morning session is already sold out.

 For further information, and to register for a place using Eventbrite, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/113743273192. To keep up-to-date with the project, make sure to visit our social media pages (Instagram: @pacifictapa; Twitter: UofG_Barkcloth) and website (https://www.tapa.gla.ac.uk).