Lana Askari at the MAA

lana-askari-maa“I completed an internship at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) in Cambridge, UK (January 2011). Founded in 1884, the MAA houses collections of local antiquities, photography, archaeological and ethnographic artefacts from around the world. During my internship, I worked on collection management and research, exhibition development and outreach and evaluation projects. Because the museum was renewing their exhibitions, it was very interesting for me to encounter how the new displays were being developed. My tasks involved researching which objects to use in the new display of the introduction case, which is the first case you will see when entering the new museum. One of the objects is a clay tablet with cuneiform inscription with a footprint and handprint from Babylon, Iraq. It is great that museums can display objects that really show traces that people leave behind. Today, heritage sites in Iraq are under threat and by making use of this object contemporary issues surrounded threatened sites are brought into discussion. lana-askari-maa-objectMy experience at the museum was a valuable introduction into the professional world of museum management and a unique opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice. Additionally, museum redevelopment and the spatial relations between museums and their wider geographical settings will be the topic of my extended bachelor thesis.”

(Lana Askari (BA 2011, SSC Major/ HUM Minor). MPhil in Social Anthropology, Cambridge 2012)