Magic and memory: Paul Denys Montague’s collection from New Caledonia
Journal of the History of Collections
Oxford University Press
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Adams, J. (2015). Magic and memory: Paul Denys Montague’s collection from New Caledonia. Journal of the History of Collections https://doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhv032
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Oxford University Press via http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhv032
In the archives at the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology are the field notes, journal and handwritten catalogue that accompany a collection of 200 ethnographic artefacts made in New Caledonia in 1914. This essay considers the context of the collection’s formation as well as its present significance and salience. In particular, it explores how this collection, hardly examined in the 100 years since the death of the collector, offers a valuable opportunity to think afresh about complex issues of loss, memory and remembrance when a little-known past is curated for new, present purposes.
This publication is an outcome of the European Research Council project Pacific Presences: Oceanic Art and European Museums (award reference: 324146).
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhv032
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/254569