Following our collaboration with Museums of Malawi on the ‘Museums as Agents of Change’ international skills exchange project, we began further fieldwork with them in April 2014.

Dr Sarah Worden recently secured support from the Art Fund’s Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Awards to research the patronage, production and use of printed cotton cloth in Malawi by political organisations and churches.

Portrait Cloth Factory

Above: Photograph of rolls of fabric in a factory taken by curator Sarah Worden whilst working in Malawi in 2013. Both imported and locally grown, cotton has been an important commodity in Malawi for centuries.

Exploring our wider African collections by similar means of collaboration is an on-going interest for the organisation. 

Our World Cultures galleries at the National Museum of Scotland showcase the diversity of our African collections, from a Ghanaian coffin in the shape of a Mercedes-Benz to contemporary artist Gérard Quenum’s arresting sculpture L’Ange

Museums of Malawi partnership

National Museums Scotland and Museums of Malawi worked together to deliver a targeted museums skills development programme and to deliver a new David Livingstone display at Chichiri Museum, Blantyre, Malawi during 2013.
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