From 2012 to 2015, we are undertaking a detailed physical and intellectual review of our anthropology collections
Working with communities and researchers, Collections People Stories: Anthropology Reconsidered sets out to uncover the range, scale and importance of both the stored collections and those on display - investigating new and innovative methods of collections research, engagement and interpretation.
Over the course of this project, we will be exploring these themes
Behind the Scenes
Watch the video below to see what the project team are getting up to behind the scenes:
- The team are progressing through the objects in the review, and have now ensured over twenty seven thousand are available to search and browse in our online collections
- Our Community Fieldworkers project saw 34 South Londoners responding to objects from the Anthropology collections in new ways. In February they showed off the results in a special exhibition at the Horniman.
- Objects uncovered during the project have gone on display in African Worlds and we've been asking our visitors to contribute their questions and thoughts through iPads. See our blog posts here.
- The review team have been posting their favourite finds from the stores on our Tumblr blog, as well as blogging about some of the most intriguing finds: Curious Containers, Peculiar Pipes, A Christmas Curiosity, and a Dolly Mixture
- We connected with the UK's Tibetan community on multiple occasions, New Hope International, and Taiwanese Buddhists from the Chung Tai Shan monastery to share our collections more widely and add to our knowledge
- We held a Community Symposium for local groups to learn how they can use our Anthropology Collections
- Our modern-day collectors, including those from the Horniman Collecting Initiative, have been blogging about their fieldwork experiences: Collecting in the Kalash Valleys, Collecting in Benin, Colombian kites, Art Attacks with a Mosquito Kite, An Update from India, Kingly Swords, Chinese Influence in Cuba, Coin Garlands of the Marma Community, Healers in Palawan
About Collections People Stories
- Explore the objects we are reviewing for this project
- See how we are working with groups and organisations in our local community throughout Collections People Stories
- Learn how we are working with academics, researchers, community and cultural specialists to explore our collections
- Find out more about the background to the project