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9 October 2021 - Sidney Sussex Society exclusive visit to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA).
Founded in 1884, the MAA displays humanity’s history over hundreds of thousands of years across the world, including the local history and archaeology of Cambridge. The Museum’s first collections were made in the course of fieldwork, donations from former students, purchases through the art market, and exchanges with museums in different countries. However, increasingly, collections are ‘co-produced’, meaning those who are featured consider how they wish to be represented and can create artefacts and art works for the MAA on commission. Over the past 20 years, the Museum has built an increasingly important collection of contemporary art, which represents Indigenous practitioners who lack visibility in UK art institutions.
This event will include a tour of the Museum, during which Dr Anita Herle, Senior Curator and Reader in Museum Anthropology, will outline the history of the MAA and its collections and discuss some of the highlights of the recently redisplayed ‘Pacific Currents’ exhibit.
The day will also feature lectures from Sidney Fellows, including Dr Rupert Stasch who will present ‘Pacific Islanders in Tourism and TV: Journey to the Stone Age?’. Rupert’s presentation will focus on his celebrated fieldwork among European tourists and television crews visiting Korowai people of West Papua, whose amazing treehouses have been widely seen in National Geographic Magazine and BBC shows like Human Planet and My Year with the Tribe. How do Pacific Islanders deal with people who visit them oriented by those stereotypes?
The event is scheduled to begin at 10.30am and will finish at approximately 1.00pm.
10.30am: refreshments on arrival*
11.00am - 11.45am: lectures from Sidney Fellows in anthropology and archaeology
12.00pm - 1.00pm - tour of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Site
Tickets are £15 per person.
Please note that lunch is not included in this event and attendees should make their own arrangements if they wish to meet for lunch in Cambridge. Anyone wishing to return to the Museum after the event will need to pre-book tickets through the MAA.
*Refreshments and lectures will be held either at the McDonald Institute on Downing Site or in Sidney Sussex College. This will be communicated to ticketholders closer to the event.
To book, please click here. Please note that booking with close at 12 noon on 30 September.