The project was launched on 20 September 2005 with a one-day workshop which brought together researchers working in the Pacific Islands to discuss issues relating to the research of museum collections.
Papers were presented by Melanesia Project research staff and researchers from Cambridge University, the University of East Anglia, the British Museum and Goldsmiths College. Participants and session chairs came from the University of Bergen, the University of Manchester and the Pitt-Rivers Museum.
The three sessions, titled “Documenting the present”, “Documenting Knowledge”, and “Interpreting the archives” were pertinent to the aims and objectives of the project, in that they addressed methodological issues relating to the research of museum collections in the field.
The seminar was highly successful attracting 45 delegates representing both academic, museological and non-research audiences.