The Trumpington Cross: A Q&A with curator Jody Joy

It’s a tiny object, but it made big headlines this month. The Trumpington Cross, an extremely rare piece of Anglo-Saxon jewellery, was excavated in 2011 at Trumpington Meadows just outside Cambridge. Now the landowners, Grosvenor, have gifted it to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), where it’s on display. The cross was discovered in one of the earliest Christian… Read full article

(Mind) mapping the Pacific

In April 2018, as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Pacific Currents’ project, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) will open refurbished display cases showcasing objects from across the Pacific. We want to ensure that these new displays address the needs and interests of our visitors and we also want to be able to measure the impact of the… Read full article

We need to confront uncomfortable truths

Should cultural artefacts in museums around the world be returned to their places of origin? It’s a hotly contested debate, and last week, during a three-day visit to Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron made a significant intervention. In a speech at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, he stated that the return of African artefacts to their countries of origin… Read full article