Exhibitions and Case Displays


My Siberian Year, 1914-1915

9 October 2014 - 28 February 2016

Showcase display to mark the centenary of the Oxford and Pennsylvania expedition to Siberia

In May 1914, Polish anthropologist Marie Antoinette Czaplicka set off for Siberia in charge of an expedition to study the reindeer-herding Evenki people. She was twenty-nine years old, had recently completed a diploma in anthropology at Oxford, and had started researching the peoples of Siberia, looking particularly at spirit worship and shamanism. This small temporary display of artefacts and photographs explores the expedition, the extraordinary hardships its members endured, and the Evenki people that were the focus of their research.

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Scarred/Sacred Water

20 October 2014 – 3 May 2015

Long Gallery (ground floor)

An exhibition of photographic art works by Canadian First Nations artist Tanya Harnett, exploring indigenous experiences of the environmental degradation and water contamination of First Nations land in Alberta, Canada, as a result of subterranean oil and gas exploration.

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Tall Tales: Making Social Networks

27 March - 7 June

Case display (Lower Gallery, First Floor)

A case display of work by Royal College of Art Jewellery and Metal MA students. Using traditional crafts, such as embroidery, mould making and casting through to the most up-to-date computer based design, seven up and coming artists, makers and designers explore the social and historical origins of Museum artefacts through their own creative processes.

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Peoples of the Upper Nile: Richard Buchta in Equatoria 1878-1880

23 February - 14 June

Archive case display (First Floor)

Case display of original prints from the first photographic tour of Central Africa, depicting peoples living along the Nile in South Sudan and northern Uganda, such as the Madi, Bari, Acholi, Banyoro, Makaraka, Zande and Aka.

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