Saturday Spotlight Talks

Nigerian masks

Nigerian Masks and Masquerade

21 February, 14.30

Zena McGreevy, Senior Assistant Curator, talks about the stages involved in selecting and researching the objects for the Nigerian Mask and Masquerade display.

There is never enough room to include everything. What influences the choices of what to include? What doesn’t make it and why?

This illustrated talk gives an insight into what goes on behind the scenes during the development of a new display, as well as shedding light on some of the complex uses and meanings of these stunning Nigerian masks.

L for Leather

L For Leather!

21 March, 14.30

Andrew Hughes, VERVE project conservator talks about some interesting findings and difficult challenges whist preparing objects for display in the new Hide and Leather working case. Leather has a multitude of uses from shoes to saddles, water carriers to writing material. The museum collection houses leather from Ancient Egypt to the present day, made from the skin from mammals, reptiles, birds and fish.

This varied material presents a conservator with many different problems. What are the needs of historic leather? What stories can conservation work reveal about these objects and what new questions have they raised?

Spotlight May 15

Architecture for all: The photography of Paul Oliver

16 May, 14.30

Dr Marcel Vellinga, a Reader in Anthropology of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, will examine the intricate and dynamic relationships between people, culture and architecture. Focusing on the photography of Paul Oliver, a leading scholar in the field of traditional architecture, it will look at the diversity, ingenuity and tenacity of the architectural heritage of the world and emphasise the importance of its study and conservation in a rapidly changing world.