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:
- 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.
- An object uncovered during the project has gone on display in African Worlds. We're asking our visitors to contribute their questions and thoughts through iPads. See our blog posts here.
- With over 10,000 objects now reviewed, the team have updated on their progress.
- 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
- We connected with the UK's Tibetan community to learn more about the Tibetan objects in our collections
- A group from New Hope International exploring Congolese heritage visited the African Worlds Gallery and the stores
- 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, An Update from India, Kingly Swords
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