Laura Van Broekhoven, Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum

Laura Van Broekhoven
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Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Road
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Entry via the South Door, Robinson Close

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Gallery tours / talks
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The PRM Director talks about a programme to develop new practices around collection research and the ways museum collections have relevance beyond stores or displays. Working with representatives of different indigenous peoples from current day Suriname and Brazil - Wayana, Trio, Lokono, Kari'na, Ka'apor and Kayapo - it was clear that objects tell a multitude of stories. What is currently recorded on inventory cards in museum collections are but very limited readings of the many meanings objects had, have and can have as they tell about ever changing personal and historical relationships. In the stores, objects inspired story-telling, dance and prayer that ensured cultural care and the cultural re-awakening of objects and triggered, sometimes painful, memories. How can work on these collections, and the many relationships they embody, inform new practices of collecting, preserving and curating? And how do they inform discussions around redress, authority, access and restitution? Organised by the Friends of the Pitt Rivers but all welcome.