Fay Stevens, Adjunct Professor of Archaeology and Ethics and London Archaeology writes:
London Archaeology: Local and Global Perspectives is a new course in the London Undergraduate Program. Based predominately around field trips and workshops, the course sets out to explore the archaeology of London and consider local, global, transcultural and intercultural perspectives at play in the sites and museums we visit.
On Tuesday 28th January, we visited the British Museum with an engaging presentation of the Americas Collection by curator Dr Jago Cooper and museum assistant Kate Jarvis. Dr Cooper gave a fascinating talk on the history of the collection and its context within the museum. This was followed by a tour of the Americas Galleries. Here, we engaged with the presentation of the collection and explored the future development and extension of the galleries.
Dr Cooper says:
“The British Museum Americas collection is one of the finest in the world and my role is to ensure the continuing curation, presentation, and development of the collection for future generations.
It was a great pleasure to show such an interesting group of students from University of Notre Dame the galleries and get their thoughts on how to improve them.
The British Museum is a museum of the world for the world and with this in mind it was wonderful to have an opportunity to spend some time with the next generation of Americas’ brightest minds”
Our trip marks an exciting time for the Americas Collection as Dr Cooper starts to update the displays and make plans for a new permanent South American Gallery in the future.
More information on the Americas at the British Museum can be found on the website.
Image: The London Archaeology class with Dr Jago Cooper (Curator of the Americas Collection) and Kate Jarvis (Museum Assistant) in the Americas Galleries, British Museum, ©Fay Stevens