Remke van der Velden at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA)

remke-afterucuI gained my BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht in 2009. My major was in Humanities with tracks in Art History/ Museum Studies, and History. In addition, I completed a Social Science minor in Anthropology.  For my final thesis I researched the sharing of memories in a museum environment at the Netherlands Open Air Museum, Arnhem. In 2010 I graduated with an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, where my dissertation investigated collaborative practices between Maori and non-indigenous museum staff in the UK.

Since 2010 I have worked on the Stories of the World project, including the 'Our Londinium 2012' exhibition, at the Museum of London. I then moved on to the Horniman Museum where I was employed as a Documentation Assistant and Exhibition Researcher for the 'Body Adorned' exhibition.

I currently divide my time between two museums; I work as a Curatorial Assistant at the Fitzwilliam Museum and as a Collections Assistant for Anthropology at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge. In the first capacity I assist the curator with a very exciting exhibition project: ‘Origins of the Afro Comb’. At the MAA I am occupied with the daily tasks involved in managing ethnographic collections. This includes documenting, photographing and storing objects from Fijian clubs to Burmese paintings, as well as exhibition work.

Curatorial and Collections Assistant, Cambridge.