Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas

Enquiries

aoa@britishmuseum.org
+44 (0)20 7323 8041

Anthropology Library and Research Centre

anthropologylibrary@britishmuseum.org 
+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.


Curatorial staff

Lissant Bolton 
Keeper of Africa Oceania and the Americas

Sam Nixon
Curator: Africa Section

Gaye Sculthorpe 
Curator: Oceania Section

Jago Cooper 
Curator: Americas Section

Julie Hudson 
Curator: Africa

Julie Adams
Curator: Oceania

Amber Lincoln
Curator: Americas

Ben Burt
Curator: Oceania

James Hamill
Curator: Africa

Ceri Ashley
Head: Endangered Material Knowledge Programme