The world cultures, or ethnography, collection consists of over 4,000 objects that have been collected from foreign countries. It contains objects from Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Americas, as well as some items from Europe. All sorts of different objects are included in the collection, from weaponry, tools and utensils to games, clothing and ceremonial artefacts.
Objects collected from New Guinea by Henry Moore Dauncey have been described as one of the best collections of New Guinea material in Britain.
The collection donated by Gertrude Benham in 1935 contains artefacts collected throughout her travels. Benham was a pioneering explorer who travelled the world for thirty years. One of her many achievements was to be the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1909.
Smaller collections of note include the William Fosterjohn objects collected from the Lengua people of Paraguay between 1899 and 1903, a superb group of ten argillite carvings from the North West Coast of Canada, and an extensive collection of southeast African beadwork and significant material from Polynesia.
You can find more information by visiting our online catalogue.
Take a closer look at some of the highlights in our collections.
Including jewellery, accessories and bags collected by Gertrude Benham during her travels across Africa.
There are over 800 objects from the Americas, including nearly 600 from Central and South America.
Featuring jewellery and charms collected by Gertrude Benham from Northern India, the Himalayas and Tibet.
Objects from Melanesia, Australia, New Zealand and many Pacific islands.