Any special requests to access the collections during this period should be made in advance. If you have any requirements to examine any of our objects, please contact the relevant Curator in the first instance or contact Maggie Briggs, Departmental Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0131 247 4230 (Mon-Thurs 8.30:13.00).
Our collection includes artefacts from Ancient Egypt, Near Eastern archaeology (including Cyprus), ancient glass (600BC–c.AD600), a Chinese lacquer collection (200BC-c.1900), Tibetan tankhas (17th–19th centuries) and Japanese prints (1750–20th century).
There are significant early North Athapaskan collections from the Canadian Subarctic collected by Scottish traders. There is also a collection from early exploration of the Pacific including material from Captain Cook’s voyages and the Challenger Expedition.
The Jean Jenkins collection of sound archives highlights her pioneering work in Africa, the Middle East and India gathering examples of native music in the 20th century.
The department is organised into four sections:
Responsible for: The Department of World Cultures, its staff, projects and collections.
Research interests: North American collections, particularly American Southwest; Native American jewellery from the Southwest; visual anthropology; museology; cultural policy.
Responsible for: Managing the Middle East and South Asia section, covering the Middle East, Iran, Turkey, Central Asia and the Indian cultural area. The collections include applied arts from Islamic cultures, metalwork, glass and ceramics as well as ethnographic and archaeological collections.
Research interests: Material Culture; Iran, especially Iranian tiles and ceramics.
You can find out more about Friederike Voigt here.
Responsible for: Working with East and Central Asian collections; storage, preventive conservation, exhibition and loans preparation.
Research interests: Access, interpretation and audience.
Responsible for: Managing the Central and East Asia section, covering China, Japan, Korea and Tibet. The collections include important items of Chinese art, Ainu and prehistoric material from Japan, and ethnographic material from Tibet and Nepal.
Research interests: Chinese print and book culture; Ming period visual and material culture, Chinese Buddhism; and the display and interpretation of East Asia in the museum context.
Responsible for: Working with and researching the Japanese collections (including the prehistoric material) and the material relating to the Ainu people.
Research interests: Japanese paintings and prints of the 18th and 19th centuries; erotic art (shunga) in its social and political context; Sinophile culture in Japan of the 19th century.
You can find out more about Dr Rosina Buckland here.
Responsible for: Ethnographic and archaeological collections, from Africa, North and South America and the Pacific.
Responsible for: Working with ethnographic and archaeological collections, from Africa, North and South America, the Pacific and the Ancient Mediterranean.
Research interests: Collectors and collecting. Currently researching Scottish Egyptologist Alexander Henry Rhind and the Museum’s ethnographic boat model collection.
You can find out more about Ross Irving here.
Responsible for: Collections from across sub-Saharan and North-east Africa.
Research interests: Textiles, clothing and adornment, especially Hausa of Northern Nigeria.
You can find out more about Dr Sarah Worden here.
Responsible for: The Ancient Mediterranean collections with emphasis on managing Ancient Egyptian collections.
Research interests: Middle Kingdom Egyptian culture, especially tomb decoration, tomb models, and literature; society and identity; the history of early Egyptology.
You can find out more about Margaret Maitland here.
Responsible for: Pacific Collections Review Project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.
Research interests: Pacific collections; colonial collecting; changing theories of representation and display within museums.
You can find out more about Eve Haddow here.
Responsible for: Researching military collecting during the Seven Years' War in North America (1754-63) and the Younghusband Mission to Tibet (1903-04). Rosanna’s post is part of short pilot project titled 'Material Encounters' funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme, which draws on both material culture and military history to reassess military collecting during these two campaigns.
Research interests: material culture; collectors and collecting; colonial encounters.