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  • Dr Sarah Byrne
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • s.byrne@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Sarah Byrne

Sarah Byrne received her BA in Archaeology and English at the National University of Ireland, Galway (1999) and subsequently worked on archaeological projects in Ireland, UK, Australia and Papua New Guinea. As part of her MA in Artefact Studies at UCL (2002), she researched the Pacific collections amassed by Alfred Court Haddon at the Horniman Museum (1902-15).

Her doctoral research (2003-2008) focused on the long-term histories of stone monuments and rock art on Uneapa Island, Papua New Guinea.  After her PhD, Sarah worked in local history publishing and a number of community heritage projects including leading a Heritage Lottery Funded oral history project.

Her main research focus is on Pacific Island material culture. She has worked with the British Museum, helping co-ordinate programmes for the Melanesia Project which involved source communities visiting the collections and assessing their contemporary relevance. From 2010 to 2012 she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL researching collections from the Banks Islands (Vanuatu) in UK Museums, focusing specifically on the Melanesian Mission. Sarah is currently Project Coordinator on the Collections People Stories project at the Horniman Museum.

Research Interests

  • Theories of social practice
  • Relationship between archaeology and anthropology
  • Community heritage
  • Indigenous representation in museums
  • The role of oral history in museums
  • Relationship between memory and materiality
  • Digital anthropology
  • Pacific ethnographic collections
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Relationship between architecture and artefact
  • Actor-network theory

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