Battling the heat with a rather small fan, I met Rachel and Len (project
manager and ethnography specialist, respectively) in the small storeroom.
They were on the lookout for ethnography with an Asian origin, something I
had no experience in, but enough enthusiasm to hopefully make up for it!
As each delicately pulled drawer revealed more items- long been touched
or identified- to be photographed, I realised how important Len’s
specialist knowledge was! Trying to identify the correct things exposed
cracks in my assumptions of ‘Asian’ ethnography- I’ll definitely do some
research before my next review day. The room contained a hybrid of things,
and as I’m still inexperienced, found it baffling (and great) that a small
town museum was looking after them.
Overall, as a third year anthropology student interested in museums and
ethnography, I’ve so far found this project to be a really valuable
experience. It is really exciting to rejuvenate life back into these
objects and thus making them accessible to the community that they now find
themselves in- looking forward to the next review day!
Matthew Cowling, 3rd year student Anthropology Student, University of Sussex