Conference: One Day Conference-Challenging Colonial Legacies Today: Museums and Communities in Australia and eastern Africa

Challenging Colonial Legacies Today:

Museums and Communities in Australia and eastern Africa


Organised by The British Museum in association with the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies,

 Kings College London

Challenging Colonial Legacies Today Advert 18_02_2015

Time and Date: Saturday 2nd May 2015 10am – 5pm

Location: British Museum

Price: £10 or £5 Concession

Timed to coincide with the ‘Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisations’ exhibition, this one-day conference will bring together an international panel of speakers to consider how museums in both the metropole and the periphery of what was ‘empire’ are challenging colonial legacies through contemporary museum practice. Through a comparative focus on Australia and East Africa, the conference will consider the contribution which museums and their collections can make in building new and strong local communities.


Conference Chair: Professor Howard Morphy (Australian National University)


•       Dr Jilda Andrews (Australian National University/National Museum of Australia)

Off-country: the cultural life of collected material

•       Dr Louise Hamby (Australian National University)

Makarra­ta: Bringing About Understanding

•       Dr Ian Coates (Head Curator, National Museums of Australia)

Old Objects Made New

•        Dr John Carty (Australian National University)

Collecting Country: some conceptual challenges from Australia in museums, heritage and history

Eastern Africa

•       Dr Sada Mire (University of East Anglia)

Title: TBC

•       Professor Annie Coombes (Birbeck, University of London)

Photography Against the Grain: Rethinking the Colonial Archive in Kenyan Museums

•       The Africa Programme (British Museum)

Speakers and Title: TBC

•       Nelson Abiti (University of East Anglia/Uganda Museum) and Dr John Giblin (Head of Africa Section: British Museum)

Post-Conflict Community Heritage and the Uganda Museum

Full conference timings, abstracts and booking information to be announced shortly.

For all other enquiries please email Rachael Murphy:

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