Seminar Review: Object Lessons from Tibet & the Himalayas, 9th June 2017

Many thanks to Thupten Kelsang (currently a Masters student at University of Oxford) who wrote this wonderful review of the Object Lessons seminar for the journal, HIMALAYA. The material culture of Tibet and the Tibetan cultural matrix has been extensively sought, collected and studied in the Euro–American world since the beginning of the twentieth century….

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…

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…