Learning with the Ethnographic Collections
As a university collection, the ethnography collection was originally conceived of as a teaching collection for anthropology students to learn about world cultures. Today, this is more important than ever. The collection is currently utilised in undergraduate and graduate programmes at UCL to teach issues of material culture, cultural heritage, conservation and curatorship. The collection is currently integrated within the undergraduate core course 'Material Culture Methodology'; Conservation undergraduate and graduate practical courses; archaeology undergraduate core courses; as well as Masters Programmes in Material & Visual Culture and Artefact Analysis. A pioneering new course 'Ethnographic Object Analysis' has recently been introduced built around the collection and is open to research students across faculties at UCL to learn through engagement with the collection on a range of issues such as exhibition and display, the politics of representation, collecting and disposal, cultural property and repatriation, and materials, technique and style.