Welcome to Object Lessons from Tibet & the Himalayas

This blog records the process of researching and re-appraising Tibet and Himalayas-related museum, library and archive collections. Using the concepts of knowledge production, loss and recovery our posts reveal the ‘behind the scenes’ conversations we have in museum stores, with other researchers, and with Tibetan colleagues and organisations both in Tibet and in the Diaspora. We…

People as objects: Photographs from anthropometric studies

In OBJECT LESSONS we forefront material objects when seeking to understand historical and political events and encounters in Tibet and the Himalayas. Here, artefacts, often collected as scientific specimens representative of a civilization in the field and later sent to European museums, are the main protagonists in histories about, inter alia, diplomatic relations (Martin 2015),…

Collaboration around Prince Peter’s Tibetan collection

By Trine Brox and Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen. One of the main contributors to the Tibetan collection in the National Museum of Denmark was H.R.H. Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark (born 1908 in Paris, dead 1980 in London). His seven-year “stationary expedition” (Brox & Koktvedgaard Zeitzen 2017) in the north-east Indian Himalayan town of Kalimpong…

Capturing Tibet: Colonialism and the Camera – A Curatorial Reflection

This week I was lucky enough to be in McLeod Ganj, a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India for the opening of the exhibition, Capturing Tibet: Colonialism and the Camera, an exhibition I curated for The Tibet Museum using the Tibet collections at World Museum. The exhibition features more than 200 photographs taken during the 1903-04 British-led Mission to Tibet. Commonly…