Behind the Beadwork: Stories from an African Collection

I spent six weeks examining, photographing and cataloguing a fantastic selection of African beadwork and other personal objects from across the continent, and I left with more questions than answers.

I was working as a curatorial volunteer alongside Dr Sarah Worden, senior curator of the Africa Collection in the Department of World Cultures (DWC). I am an anthropologist by training and currently teach social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. My desire to gain curatorial experience was stimulated by a small collection of ethnographic objects acquired over time in the University of Edinburgh’s Department of Anthropology which I am currently re-curating with two colleagues. My time in DWC has been extremely fruitful and engaging and given me a good sense of the ins and outs…

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