THE OTHER WITHIN : An anthropology of Englishness

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First six-monthly progress report - October 2006

Changes in staffing of the project:

Shortly after the project commenced Dr Fran Larson (who had been a named researcher on the initial application) left the project. The Team wish her luck in her new home in Sweden. In October 2006 Chris Wingfield (who had worked for a time on the precursor 'Relational Museum' project) rejoined the Pitt Rivers Museum and 'Other Within' project from his post as Curator of Ethnographic collections, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery.

David Harris, who had worked on the Relational Museum website agreed to work on the Englishness website from June 2007. He is taking sabbatical leave until that date.

Other researchers are now associated with the project:

  • Jeremy Coote, Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Ollie Douglas, a D.Phil student at the Institute of Archaeology
  • Professor Elizabeth Edwards of the University of the Arts, London
  • Dr Frances Larson, now working in Sweden
  • Arthur Macgregor, Department of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum
  • Mike O'Hanlon, Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Professor Peter Riviere
  • Alison Roberts, Department of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum

The project team thanks the research associates for their interest in the project and for agreeing to act as associates, and looks forward to their important inputs to the project.

Progress

Alison Petch has been working on compiling the English artefact database, cleaning the data, completing the full statistics and preparing a full database of individuals associated with the collections. All of these tasks will hopefully be completed by March 2007 (the next progress report) and as shortly as possible after David's return in June 2007 will be made available to the public via this website. She gave a talk about the project to the Museum Ethnographers Group Conference in Birmingham in May 2006.

Chris Wingfield has been acquainting himself with the English collections and the literature since his arrival in early October 2006

Hélène La Rue has been researching some of the detailed object biographies, the Sharpe collection of bells and Father Damien Webb's collections.

Brief look at some of the statistical findings to date:

Overall shape of English collections

overall shape of the egnlish collection chart

Comparison of English collections to UK, European and global collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum

England
UK
Europe
Global
All objects
39,978
50,641
73,999
296,981
Ethnographic
14,538
15,303
29,126
162,389
Archaeological
22,916
33,178
42,340
110,988
Other *
2,524
2,160
2,533
23,604

* The category of 'Other' is calculated differently for the English collections than for the collections as a whole. The English category of 'Other' includes items such as models, forgeries, reproductions etc and gun-flints (which are both ethnographic and archaeological). It also includes items that are natural and not man-made, eoliths and photographs of objects.

 
England
% of UK
% of Europe
% of Global
UK
UK % of Europe
Europe
Europe % of Global
Global
All objects
39,978
79
54
13
50,641
68
73,999
25
296,981
Ethnographic
14,538
95
50
9
15,303
53
29,126
18
162,389
Archaeological
22,916
69
54
21
33,178
78
42,340
38
110,988
Other *
2,524
-
-
-
2,160
-
2,533
-
23,604

How much of the collections are definitely English and how many are possibly English?

chart illustrating how much of the collection is definitely english and how many possibly english

chart illustrating how much of the collection is defintely english and how many possibly english