Ben Burt


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Ben Burt is the longest serving member of staff of the British Museum, having joined the Ethnography Department in 1968, before graduating in anthropology and then returning to become Education Officer for the Museum of Mankind from 1974 until it closed in 1997.

Building upon his concurrent research in Solomon Islands, published in numbers of books and articles, he moved into academic teaching and curatorial work as the Museum of Mankind was reincorporated into the British Museum in the 2000s. He is now a part-retired curator in the Oceania section of the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

Recent Publications

  • 2015 Malaita: A pictorial history from Solomon Islands. British Museum. (book, 220 pages, 684 illustrations)

    2015 A Bird of the Net, Solomon Islands. 79-84 in K. Jacobs, C. Knowles & C. Wingfield (eds) Trophies, Relics and Curios? Missionary heritage from African and the Pacific. Sidestone Press, Leiden (book chapter)

    2014 Les Maisons-sanctuaires des Kwara’ae a Malaita. 74-79 in L'éclat des ombres. L'art en noir et blanc des îles Salomon. Editions d’Art Somogy SAS, Paris. (chapter for Qai Branly exhibition volume)

    2014 (editor, with Lissant Bolton) The Things We Value: Culture and history in Solomon Islands. Sean Kingston Publishing. (collection of 13 papers)

    2013 (editor and part-author) section 4, Solomon Islands. in L. Bolton, N. Thomas et al (eds) Melanesia: Art and encounter. British Museum Press.

    2013 World Art: An introduction to the art in artefacts. Berg, London. (textbook, 260 pages)

    2012 (with Michael Kwa’ioloa) The Chiefs’ Country: leadership and politics in Honiara, Solomon Islands. University of Queensland Press. (autobiographical account by Kwa’ioloa, 280 pages)

    2009 Body Ornaments of Malaita, Solomon Islands: British Museum Press & University of Hawai'i Press. (book, 176 pages, 266 illustrations)

    2008 Cultural Research as Exchange. in La Restitution du Patrimoine Material et Immaterial: Regards croises Canada / Melanesia. Les Cahiers du CIÉRA No.2:115-130

    2007 (with Michael Kwa'ioloa) 'The Chiefs' Country': A Malaitan view of the conflict in Solomon Islands. Oceania Vol.77:111-127

    2002 The Story of Amasia: Whose history and whose epistemology? Journal of Pacific History Vol.37:187-204

    2001 (editor, with Michael Kwa’ioloa) A Solomon Islands Chronicle, as told by Samuel Alasa’a The British Museum Press, London (book, 128 pages)

    2001 (with Michael Kwa’ioloa) Na Masu’u kia ’i Kwara’aeTualaka ’i Solomon Islands fa’inia logo na rū ne’e bulao saena fanoa kia kī: Our Forest of Kwara’ae: Our life in Solomon Islands and the things which grow in our home. The British Museum Press, London (book, bilingual, 280 pages)

    1998 Writing Local History in Solomon Islands. in J. Wassmann (ed.) Pacific Answers to Western Hegemony: Cultural Practices of Identity Construction, pages.97-118 Berg Publishers, Oxford & New York

    1997 (editor, with Christian Clerk) Environment and Development in the Pacific Islands. Pacific Policy Paper 25, National Centre for Development Studies, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, with the University of Papua New Guinea Press. (18 chapters, 299 pages)

    1997 (editor, with Michael Kwa'ioloa) Living Tradition: A changing life in Solomon Islands. British Museum Press, London, and University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu (autobiograpy of Kwa’ioloa, 170 pages)

    1994 Tradition and Christianity: The colonial transformation of a Solomon Islands society. Harwood Academic Publishers, New York. (monograph, 300 pages)

    1994 Land In Kwara'ae and Development in Solomon Islands. Oceania Vol.64:317 335

    1993 (with Jill Crawford) Literature from Solomon Islands. WWF (UK) (Teaching book for multicultural English, 56 pages)

    1992 (with Michael Kwa'ioloa) Falafala ana Ano 'i Kwara'ae / The Tradition of Land in Kwara'ae. Institute of Pacific Studies and Honiara Centre, University of the South Pacific. (bilingual book on Kwara'ae land rights, 49 pages)

    1991 Land Rights and Development: Writing about Kwara'ae tradition. Cultural Survival Quarterly Vol.15 No.2:61 64

    1990 (editor and part-author) Choices in Development: Case studies from Solomon Islands. WWF (UK) (secondary school Geography students’ and teachers’ booklets,
    96 and 45 pages)

    1990 Kwara'ae Costume Ornaments: A Solomon Islands artform. Expedition Vol.32:3 15

    1988 Abu'a 'i Kwara'ae: The meaning of tabu in a Solomon Islands society. Mankind Vol.18:74 89

    1983 The Remnant Church: A Christian sect of the Solomon Islands. Oceania Vol.53:334 346

    1982 Custom and Christianity in the Solomon Islands. Hemisphere Vol.26, 1982

    1982 Kastom, Christianity and the First Ancestor of the Kwara'ae of Malaita. Mankind Vol.13:374 399

    1981 Solomon Islanders: The Kwara'ae. British Museum Publications (booklet, 16 pages)

  • Museum Education Publications


    2005 Africa in the World: A Museum History. British Museum Press, London. (illustrated book, 64 pages)

    2002 (with Richard Woff) Art: The J.P. Morgan Chase Gallery of North America: A Guide for Primary and Secondary Teachers. British Museum Education Dept. (teaching resource booklet, 35 pages)

    2002 (with Richard Woff) Historical Enquiries: The J.P. Morgan Chase Gallery of North America: A Guide for Secondary Teachers. British Museum Education Dept. (teaching resource booklet, 41 pages)

    2001 Africa in the British Museum. British Museum Education Department (teaching resource booklet, 39 pages)

    2000 (with Richard Woff) British Museum Photopack: Native North America. British Museum Press, London (teaching resource pack of 30 annotated photographs)
    1995 What Is African Art? Museum of Mankind Education Service (resource pack, 28 pages)

    1993 Pigs and Coffee. Museum of Mankind Education Service (teaching resource booklet, 46 pages)

    1992 Benin: Pictures from an African Kingdom. Museum of Mankind Education Service (teaching resource booklet, 12 pages)

    1991 Images of Africa. Museum of Mankind Education Service (teaching resource booklet, 30 pages)

    1989 Toraja. Museum of Mankind Education Service (teaching resource leaflet, 4 pages)

    1987 Madagascar. Museum of Mankind Education Service (teaching resource leaflet, 4 pages)

    1987 Living Arctic. Museum of Mankind Education Service (teaching resource booklet, 12 pages)

    1985 Amazonian Indians. Museum of Mankind Education Service (teaching resource leaflet, 4 pages)

    1984 Ways of Living. WWF UK (teaching book and wallchart)

    1983 Bemba. Museum of Mankind Education Service (teaching resource leaflet, 4 pages)

    1981 Polynesians. British Museum Publications (booklet, 16 pages)

    1981 Asante. Museum of Mankind Education Service (teaching resource leaflet, 4 pages)

    1977 The Yoruba and their Gods. British Museum Publications (booklet, 16 pages)

    1977 Aborigines. British Museum Publications (booklet, 16 pages)

    1977 Weaving. British Museum Publications (booklet, 16 pages)

    1977 Plains Indians. British Museum Publications (booklet, 16 pages)