Exhibitions on Sudan and Nubia in England

It is clear that anyone studying the Nubian and the Sudanese past cannot avoid working in cooperation with some British institution, since, not only their academic agenda is very large and encompasses all corners of the scientific world, but furthermore this interest seems to come as a natural outcome of Britain having been in the last century the largest empire in history – and it is known that one of the territories administered by the crown was the Sudan.

Naturally – although nowadays in political incorrect contexts – the museums on the British islands became richer from the archaeological, ethnographic, and natural treasures that were discovered, collected, and purchase in Nubia and the Sudan. Thus, England profits today from numerous visits by foreign students and researchers to one or another of their collections. At the webpage www.cornucopia.org.uk there are various search options that allow us to trace Nubian collections in:

1. Brighton Museum And Art Gallery

2. Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

3. Bolton Museum and Archive Service

4. The British Museum

5. National Trust, Kingston Lacy

6. Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Moreover, there are no less than 30 entries appearing after a similar search for collections concerning Sudan:

1. The British Museum

2. Durham University, Palace Green Library

3. University Of Durham Oriental Museum

4. Durham Light Infantry Museum & Durham Art Gallery

5. Egypt Center at the University of Wales Swansea

6. University Of Liverpool, Museum Of Archaeology, Classics And Oriental Studies

7. Dorman Memorial Museum

8. University Of Aberdeen, Marischal Museum

9. Leamington Art Gallery And Museum

10. Museum Of Reading

11. Nmsi, The Science Museum

12. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

13. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

14. Lady Lever Art Gallery

15. University Of Glasgow, Hunterian Museum

16. West Park Museum And Art Gallery

17. Eton College Collections And Museum Of Eton Life

18. Old Speech Room Gallery, Harrow School

19. Blackburn Museum And Art Gallery

20. Leeds Museum Resource Centre

21. Atkinson Art Gallery

22. Brighton Museum And Art Gallery

23. University Of Cambridge, Museum Of Archaeology And Anthropology

24. Somerset County Museum

25. Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Museum

26. University College London, Petrie Museum Of Egyptian Archaeology

27. Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

28. Bolton Museum and Archive Service

29. Royal Museum, National Museums Of Scotland

30. Art Gallery & Museum, Kelvingrove

Although the lists might prove not to be exhaustive, they certainly illustrate the richness of the Nubian and Sudanese material housed in British collections (a similar search for “Egypt” gives 219 entries…), create a base for debates upon the usefulness of all these archaeological immigrants (captives?), but also allow us to plan more and more returns to Old Albion…

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2 Responses to Exhibitions on Sudan and Nubia in England

  1. ergamenis says:

    A very important link, The Subject Specialist Network for museum curators looking after archaeological collections from Egypt and Sudan in the UK: http://ssndevelopment.org/acces_ssndevelopment/home/acces/public_html/?page_id=2

  2. ergamenis says:

    We received yesterday a kind comment from Michael Zach, our collaborator in both the blog and the Beiträge zur Sudanforschung (where the Sai reports are hosted). He finds our list a helpful tool for choosing the exhibitions in England that he visits during his trips there, but who points out that there are two entries missing: the Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers museums in Oxford. For the former we have already made two posts previously and we hope to do the same on Pitt Rivers soon. Thanks Michael!

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