Discovering Worlds: Africa
21 November 2016
Discovering Worlds: Africa is an ambitious programme of new research, conservation, documentation and re-interpretation of RAMM’s Africa collection to transform the visitor experience.
The Africa collection
RAMM’s Africa collection is recognised by Arts Council England as having outstanding historical significance. Africa collections with such depth and provenance are rarely found in the UK’s regional museums. Some of the most important pieces in RAMM’s collection were acquired during the British colonial period by political officers, military personnel, travellers and Christian missionaries. It also contain material that reflects modern Africa and its links with the wider world which are not currently reflected in the displays.
The new research and interpretation aims to challenge visitor’s perceptions of RAMM’s Africa collections. They focus on material from West, Central, East and South Africa plus a selection of significant donors where there is currently little information and meaningful interpretation. Two thousand items, two-thirds of the collection, will be photographed and their records augmented by new research. New displays and online content will reveal the stories behind many of the most outstanding artefacts, including their cultural context from both historic and modern African perspectives.
Discovering Worlds: Africa is made possible by Arts Council England’s Designated Challenge Fund and follows the 2015 to 2016 redisplay of the Pacific collection. The World Cultures galleries were last refurbished in a major Heritage Lottery Funded grant in 1999.
Find out more
Blog posts on RAMM’s dedicated World Cultures website will record the development of Discovering Worlds: Africa. The redisplay will be in 2017.
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