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Welcome to the Museum Ethnographers Group website, the place for resources, support and networking opportunities relating to museum ethnography in the UK.

Join us to become involved in debates relating to museum ethnography, whether you are working in museums, teaching, researching, studying, or just interested.

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Have news and views relating to Museum Ethnography you want to share? MEG would love to hear from you. If you wish to contribute a blog post please contact MEG's web officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The MEG blog is updated regularly and summarized in MEG newsletters, which are emailed to members every two months from January. Blog posts have included exhibition reviews, event listings, help with identifications and project news. 

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Call for Papers: Cloth and Costume in Ethnographic Museums: New Directions in Research, Care and Interpretation 

The 2017 Annual Conference of the Museum Ethnographers Group addresses cloth and costume. What is the current state of research into world cultures cloth and costume collections and what new approaches are we developing to understand them better? How are historical textiles and costumes being curated and reimagianed in museums? What are the particular conservation problems of ethnographic textiles and costumes? Are we capitalising on costume's universal appeal in our displays and education programmes?

Titles and 200 word abstracts for papers addressing these and other questions are warmly welcomed from all. Two standard formats are offered to presenters: A full conference paper to last twenty minutes or a shorter ten minute work in progress presentation. Please email your proposed title, abstract and format choice (or any queries) to MEG secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 6th February. The conference will be held in Glasgow on Thursday 6th - Friday 7th April 2016 








Latest Blog Posts

  • Saturday 4th February 2017, 10.30am – 4.30pmMore and more exhibitions and displays are addressing religion and heritage. These projects are sometimes in museums and sometimes in places of worship, but they all seek to present religion (however defined) to a general public audience. This informal workshop will bring together reports on some of the more recent....

  • Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich on 1 – 3 December 2016The conference responds to the observation that so far cooperation was mainly unidirectional, displaying European exhibitions in African museums, or aiming to instruct African institutions in fields such as conservation, restoration, or curating, thereby following a development approach. Only very occasionally does collaboration focus on the practical implementation of joint projects, taking...