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Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place

Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place

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Funded by:  AHRC

Main contact:   Frances Lennard

Start date:  2016

End date:  2019

Subject areas:
History of Art - School of Culture and Creative Arts, College of Arts
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery - University Services
Information Studies - School of Humanities, College of Arts

The project aims to transform our understanding of Pacific barkcloth through research into the historical, cultural and material significance of three internationally important collections: those of The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, UK (Hunterian), The Economic Botany Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK (Kew) and The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA (NMNH). Multidisciplinary research will combine investigation of the artefacts’ provenance, history and cultural context; analysis of their materials and manufacture; research into conservation assessment and treatment methods to improve the collections' condition; and exploration of contemporary making and use, engaging with projects in Hawaii responsible for re-introducing the skill-base for barkcloth manufacture.