Dr Henrietta Lidchi is a Research Fellow in the Department of World Cultures.

Henrietta Lidchi

From 2017-2020 Dr Henrietta Lidchi is seconded as the Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded project Baggage and Belonging: Military Collections and the British Empire (1750-1900) (Standard Research Grant Ref: AH/P006752/1). This research project considers the material legacies of colonial military campaigns held in regimental and museums and places these in an interdisciplinary research framework. The project focuses on the practices, culture and significance of British military collecting of artefacts from Africa and India from 1750 to1900. Henrietta is working on this with her Co-investigator Stuart Allan in the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology. 

Henrietta received her BA in Anthropology at the Durham University and her Phd from the Open University. Her postgraduate research considered the types of visual images produced by British based international NGOs in the context of debates regarding the ethics and politics of representation. From 1994 to 2002 she worked in the Department of Ethnography at the British Museum, formerly the Museum of Mankind. From 2000-2002 she was Deputy Keeper. From 2002-2005 she was seconded to the Department for Culture Media and Sport working on sponsorship and developing national museum policies. From 2005-2017 she worked as the Keeper for the Department of World Cultures at National Museums Scotland, leading gallery redevelopments for the opening of the National Museum of Scotland. In 2017 she was appointed as Chief Curator at the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, Leiden.

Her main research interests are Native American art and material culture looking at collections histories and museum practices of collecting and display, as well as contemporary artistic practices. She is Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh and Vice President of the Native American Art Studies Association. 

Selected publications

  1. Lidchi, H (2015) Surviving Desires: Making and Selling Native Jewellery in the American Southwest, London/Norman: British Museum Press/University of Oklahoma Press, 264pp.
  2. Lidchi, H. and Gama, V. (2015) ‘Crafting music through technology and design: a conversation with Victor Gama’, Statement of Practice, Journal of Modern Craft, 8:1, pp.47-64.
  3. Lidchi, H. (2015) ‘Finding the Right Image: British Development NGOs and the regulation of Imagery’ in D. Rodogno and H. Fehrenbach (eds.) Humanitarian Photography: A History, New York:  Cambridge University Press, pp.275-296.
  4. Lidchi, H. (2014) ‘Mild Hobbies and Their Legacies’ in New Orkney Antiquarian Journal, 7, Special Edition John Rae 200 Proceedings, Kirkwall: Orkney Heritage Society, pp.119-132.
  5. Lidchi, H. (2014) ‘Where objects unfold their aura: new galleries at the  Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum’, Paideuma, 60, pp. 231-246.
  6. Lidchi, H. (2013) ‘The Poetics and Politics of Representing Other Cultures’, in S. Hall, J. Evans and S. Nixon (eds.) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, 2nd edition, London: Sage/Open university, pp.120-214.
  7. Lidchi, H. (2012) ‘Material Destinies: Jewelry, Authenticity and Craft in the American Southwest’, Journal of Modern Craft, 5:1, pp.69-92.
  8. Lidchi, H. (2012)‘Great Expectations and Modest Transactions: Art, Commodity and Collecting’, in G. Were and J.C.H. King (eds.) Extreme Collections: Challenging 21st century practices in museums, Oxford: Beghahn, pp.131-154.
  9. Lidchi, H. and Tsinhnahjinnie, H. (eds) (2009) Visual Currencies: Reflections on Native Photography, Edinburgh: National Museums Scotland,128 pp.
  10. Lidchi, H. (2006) ‘Culture and Constraints: further thoughts on ethnography and exhibiting’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 12:1, pp.93-114.
  11. King, J.C.H. and Lidchi, H. (eds) (1998) Imaging the Arctic, London/Seattle: British Museum Press/University of Washington Press, 256 pp.

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