Marina Oliver - Tomic at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA)

marina-tomic-1Marina did a four-week internship at the MAA, in January 2012, where she gained collection management experience in the Photographic Archive.  She worked on a collection of photographs taken by Templeton Crocker on a 1930s voyage around the Pacific. She also helped with the Fiji Research Project, which involves collaboration between the MAA and the Sainsbury Institute of Art at the University of East Anglia. This included re-storing objects from Fiji and helping to improve the collection catalogue. “I learned how to observe and describe Crocker’s photographs, connecting them to the journal he kept on his travels. Images of canoes, ceremonies and dances parallel with what he experienced.

marina-tomic-2“For my research thesis I will be looking at the agency of the photograph in museum spaces, especially in an archival context. I will be looking at the photograph as a historical object, and at how images can connect with various forms of material culture in museums.”

(BA, 2012; HUM Major, MA Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage, starting Fall 2013).