Making African Connections

I am working on an exciting new project with Brighton Museum, to (re)catalogue and digitise around 200 objects collected in Botswana in the late 19th century by Rev. Willoughby, a British missionary, now part of Royal Pavilion & Museum’s collections. Some of these objects will return to Botswana on loan, and others will form a temporary display at Brighton Museum. All the objects in the Willoughby collection will benefit from improved documentation including the knowledge of our partner curators in Botswana and local people who will be interviewed as part of a wider research project with the University of Sussex.

‘Making African Connections: Decolonial Futures of Colonial Collections’ is an AHRC-funded project led by the University of Sussex in partnership with Royal Pavilion & Museums, the Powell-Cotton Museum, Royal Engineers Museum and international partners including the Botswana National Museum and the Khama III Memorial Museum, Botswana. The project will result in a digital archive of all three UK partner museums’ collections. Making African Connections was featured as a case study in the recent Museums Association report Empowering Collections