Laura Kraak at the British Museum and Te Papa

laura-kraak-bm“I did a six-week internship at the department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum in London (summer 2010). I did mainly research on certain parts of the collection of which not that much information was known yet. An important part was the research on human remains from Oceania. Human remains are a sensitive part of a museum’s collection, especially in the light of an increasing amount repatriation requests and a changed legislation making repatriation of human remains possible. I also did research on the biographies of Maoris who were portrayed in paintings and photographs of the collection and on Australian plants and their use by Aboriginals for the Australian Garden, which will be in front of the British Museum in the summer of 2011. laura-kraak-tepapaFurthermore, I helped with a variety of smaller tasks, such a updating the Museum’s records by photographing and measuring objects, making a transcript of an interview with the Maori artist George Nuku and making a start on setting up a display for Vanuatu baskets. My internship at the British Museum gave me a good and interesting insight in the various tasks that are part of museum work.”

(HUM Major/ SSC Minor, class of 2011. MPhil Archaeology (Archaeological Heritage & Museums), Cambridge, 2012. Starts PhD at the University of Western Sydney in Fall 2013.)