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Trials and Traces: A. C. Haddon’s Agency as Museum Curator

BYRNE, S; (2011) Trials and Traces: A. C. Haddon’s Agency as Museum Curator. In: Byrne, S and Clarke, A and Harrison, R and Torrence, R, (eds.) Unpacking the Collection.

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Abstract

Alfred Cort Haddon (1855-1940), is most well known for organising The Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Strait and New Guinea (1898-1899). What is less commonly known is that Haddon also spent 13 years acting as an Advisory Curator at the Horniman Museum in London (1902-1915). There, he exerted considerable influence on the running of the museum, from its day to day management to its acquisition policies. This paper explores Haddon’s personality as museum curator, paying particular attention to the way in which his relationship with source communities, professional colleagues, auction houses, dealers and missionaries influenced what artefacts he acquired for the museum and those he rejected. This paper provides fresh insights into the professional life of a man who played a central role in the establishment of institutional anthropology in Britain.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Trials and Traces: A. C. Haddon’s Agency as Museum Curator
ISBN: 1441982213
ISBN-13: 9781441982216
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/399955
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