Anthropologist Nancy Stanfield studied at the Royal College of Art in the 1920s.
She lived in Nigeria between 1948 until 1967.
Stanfield was a lecturer in teacher training in Western Nigeria between 1954-63 and wrote A Handbook of Art Teaching for Tropical Schools in 1958.
She became interested in Nigerian crafts, particularly weaving and dyeing, writing several articles on adire cloth. She put together a collection relating to these crafts for the Horniman in 1966.