The Mackenzie Collections at the British Museum

Since 2009, I have been researching the coins from the vast and wide ranging collections of Col. Colin Mackenzie (1754-1821), the first Surveyor General of India, held at the British Museum. I have also had the opportunity to travel to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, where he was born. Here, I presented my work alongside that of colleagues who have researched his objects, manuscripts and drawings held at the V&A and British Library. In August 2017, the first exhibition focusing on Mackenzie and his collections will be held at Lews Castle, Stornoway.

All of my posts associated with Mackenzie can be found through this link

Coins from the Mackenzie Collection. Reg. Nos. clockwise from top right – IOLC.8002, IOLC.4790, IOLC.8004 & IOLC.4761 © The Trustees of the British Museum


Asian Ethnographic Collections

The ethnographic collections that I curate in the Department of Asia at the British Museum come from across Asia. Starting from Siberia in the north to Sri Lanka in the south, and from Pakistan in the west to Japan in the east. While my research focus is particularly on the South Asian collections, I have recently been working on the collection history of the objects from Sakha (Yakutia).

All of my posts relating to my work on the Asian Ethnographic Collections can be found through this link

Model gandau made by the Kalash people in Chitra District, Pakistan. Reg. No. As1930,1023.1 © The Trustees of the British Museum

Ancient and early medieval South Asian collections: Hotung Gallery refurbishment at the British Museum

As part of my curatorial work in the Department of Asia at the British Museum, I am involved with the refurbishment of the museum’s largest gallery, the Joseph E. Hotung Gallery. My work focuses on ancient to early medieval South Asia, with a stand alone section on Sri Lanka. I am responsible for the narrative, object selection, label-text writing, and the many other integral parts of permanent gallery refurbishment, in these sections. I have, therefore, researched and written about the full range of this material in the British Museum’s collections.

I will soon add posts relating to my work on the Hotung Gallery refurbishment.

Gilded bronze sculpture of Tara, Sri Lanka. Reg. no. 1830,0612.4 © The Trustees of the British Museum

Manchester Museum South Asia Gallery in partnership with the British Museum

The new, permanent partnership gallery will focus on the ancient to contemporary history of South Asia, including local South Asian diaspora communities here in the UK. A selection of some of the best objects relating to key moments in the history of the subcontinent will be loaned by the British Museum for display in this new gallery. As the lead curator for this project at the British Museum, I am working with colleagues at the Manchester Museum to help deliver the new gallery.

I will soon add posts relating to my work on the partnership gallery.