(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

Learning about learning: the GEM Foundation course

At the beginning of October, I travelled to London for the first two days of the GEM Foundation Course in Museum Learning. This course is a combination of group discussion, reading, lectures, practical exercises, site visits, mentoring and self-reflection intended to expand and inform the thinking of museum education professionals at the start of their careers. For our first day… Read full article