Making African Connections Digital Archive

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      GB ah100 africanconnections
  • Dates of Creation
      19th century and 1930s
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Scope and Content

The Making African Connections project researches historic African collections held in Sussex and Kent museums with the aim of furthering both conceptual and applied debates over 'decolonizing' public institutions. It focuses on three specific collections of known international significance assembled between 1890 and 1940, whose journeys to the South coast began in military, missionary and ethnographic encounters in Botswana, Sudan and the Namibia/Angola borderlands.
The first stage of this project involves research and digitization of 600 objects from three specific Africa colonial-era collections:

  • C19th century objects from Botswana held in Brighton Museum from the collection of Rev. Willoughby and other sources
  • C19th century objects from Sudan, collected in the context of the wars against the Mahdist forces, held at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive
  • 1930s objects from the Namibia/Angola borderlands held at the Powell-Cotton Museum.

The project focuses on three specific collections of known international significance assembled between 1890 and 1940, whose journeys to the South coast began in military, missionary and ethnographic encounters in Botswana, Sudan and the Namibia/Angola borderlands.

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