Anthropolitan’s last issue highlights our project with Congo Great Lakes group and The Horniman Museum

anthropolitan march 2016

Written by Emily Garvin, 2nd year student at UCL Anthropology and volunteer in the collection, this paper explains this project, the type of workshops delivered and focuses on a very peculiar but common musical instrument, the likembe. The likembe sums up all the density of Congolese cultural heritage as it is still used as a very common object which is the visible part of untangible heritage like danse, singing and even everyday life. It also shows how much the exchange of knowledge between the community and the museum was important on both sides. The museum provided workshops on documentation, conservation and curation while the community was able to correct its databases by providing a living knowledge on the objects. The full version of this paper is available here.