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Calling South Londoners for an adventure in anthropology

We are looking for local people to become 'citizen anthropologists' for our new Community Fieldworkers project.

As part of Collections People Stories - our 3 year project to review objects in our Anthropology collection - a team of Community Fieldworkers will help the museum to find out more about 18 fascinating objects in the Anthropology collection.

Community Fieldworkers will receive 18 postcards – each featuring one intriguing object from the 80,000-strong Anthropology collection.

Participants will be asked to use at least one of these objects to tell a story about their lives and understanding of the world around them, to investigate the object further using interviewing and research techniques or use the object as a starting point to create something new.

We are really interested in the creative inspiration that objects can generate, the personal and cultural stories they can tell and the ideas and emotions that they trigger in people. 

Work created by our Community Fieldworkers will help us understand the many different things that objects can tell us about the world we live in and who we are as human beings. Fieldworkers will be contributing to the information and knowledge that the museum archives to share with future generations.

To begin the project, Fieldworkers will attend a training day on 19 October 2013 which will be an introduction to anthropology and skills in understanding and finding out more about objects. They will also get to see behind the scenes and to see some of the objects up close.

Apply to become a Community Fieldworker

Community Fieldworkers is open to anyone aged 16 and over who lives in South London. You must be in the UK during October and December to receive the postcards. Taking part is free, and we can offer a small bursary for buying art materials and travel expenses.

Download this application form to apply. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2013.

If you would like any further information or to discuss the project, please contact our Community Learning Department on 0208 291 8690 or by emailing communitylearning@horniman.ac.uk

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