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Tom Crowley

Biography

Tom Crowley is Curator of Anthropology, working on the Asian collections.

At the Horniman, Tom has worked on our Tibetan collections - especially those objects associated with food and drink - and our global collection of amulets.

Prior to undertaking his masters degree, Tom worked with Reel Festivals, curating Scotland’s first exhibition of Iraqi art.

Tom's masters was in the anthropology of South Asia, for which he conducted fieldwork in the Kalash Valleys of northwest Pakistan. Subsequent to his masters, he took a film crew to the Kalash Valleys to film chtik gal, an inter-clan game played in deep snow. The film is currently in post production.

Whilst working at the Horniman, Tom has visited the Kalasha to collect women’s costumes and to make a video to communicate the importance of these costumes. He has also lead a workshop on the Museum's collection of amulets and in 2015 he ran the Weapons and the Anthropology Museum conference.

Research interests

  • Preservation of heritage amongst the Kalasha people of northwest Pakistan.
  • Perceptions of Landscape in the Western Isles of Scotland.
  • Healing and preventative charms from the British Isles.

Conference presentations

  • May 2014, The Future of South Asian Collections: UK and South Asia Perspectives, Kalasha costume: dressing to keep from disappearing.
  • May 2014, The Future of South Asian Collections: UK and South Asia Perspectives, Working with London’s Tibetan community.

Press and Media

  • Visual arts review: Creativity vs Destruction: Stories of Iraqi Art, The Scotsman.

Publications

  • Crowley, Tom, 2015. 'Rediscovering the Samson and Bailey collections: lost landscapes and London's Tibetans'. In Journal of Museum Ethnography, 28, pp173-183.
  • Crowley, Tom, Forthcoming. 'Bringing Questions of Authenticity and Identity from Northwest Pakistan to Southeast London: Collecting Kalasha dresses for the Horniman Museum'. In The Future of South Asian Collections.
  • Crowley, Tom and Mills, Andrew (eds.) Forthcoming. Weapons Violence and the Anthropology Museum. Norwich: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Crowley, Tom, Forthcoming. 'Horror in the Horniman: living with the Cuenca torture chair'. In Crowley, Tom and Mills, Andrew (eds.),  Weapons Violence and the Anthropology Museum. Norwich: Cambridge Scholars.