Objects Alive


Museum of Childhood
April 17, 2015

This morning the Clothworkers’ Centre enjoyed a visit from a group of Canadian academics, part of a research group called Object Lives, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Their aim, through the close study of objects, is to ‘assess the flow of goods into and from Northern North America’. Today’s session drew heavily on the V&A’s ethnographic collections produced by Native American Huron craftsmen, but also focused on objects made from raw materials from Canada, such as beaver fur used for hats.

Object Lives scholars in the Clothworkers' Centre study room © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object Lives scholars in the Clothworkers’ Centre study room © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

Tray, porcupine quills, Huron, mid-19th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Tray, porcupine quills, Huron, mid-19th century, AP.77:2-1872 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jacket, moose hide embroidered with moose hair, T.228-1957 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jacket, moose hide embroidered with moose hair, T.228-1957 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Museum of Childhood
April 17, 2015

I work at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. I'm interested in plastic, popular culture, radios and robots.

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