Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
+44 (0)20 7323 8041
Anthropology Library and Research Centre
+44 (0)20 7323 8031
The collection of the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas includes around 350,000 objects, representing the cultures of the indigenous peoples of four continents.
The scope of the collection is contemporary, archaeological and historical, and includes a large pictorial collection. It comprises most of Africa (outside Ancient Egypt, Sudan and the Mediterranean), the Pacific and Australia, as well as North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Most of the collections were acquired during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, though research and collecting continues today.
The Anthropology Library and Research Centre includes the Museum's Anthropology Library and provides access to information about its ethnographic collections, as well as an identification service; all enquiries are welcome.
10.00–17.00, Monday to Wednesday, Friday
Closed: weekends, Bank Holidays and 24 December – 1 January
Research and training
Current research projects
16 February 2016
Jorge de Torres, Project Cataloguer, African Rock Art Image Project, British Museum
21 August 2015
John Davy, Collaborative Doctoral Student, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, British Museum
14 August 2015
Chris Spring, Curator, African collection, British Museum
Exhibitions and events
220 items of gold regalia from the West African state of Asante in modern-day Ghana.
Curators and staff in the department regularly publish research on the collection.
Curator and Section Head of Americas
Curator: African Rock Art Image Project
Curator and Section Head of Africa
Curator: North African Collections, Africa Programme Coordinator
Curator and Section Head of Oceania
Curator: Northeast, East and South Africa