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From top, the meal in Simurgh on 28 November; the Wallace Collection, 1 December; and (bottom row) MAA, Cambridge, November 2012
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19 November 2012: The Museum of Archaelogy and Anthropology, Cambridge. First event of the year, after the Olympics, and undeterred by the fog, we found MAA, on Downing Street. A full report is given here.

1 December 2012: The Wallace Collection

A few of us went to the Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London, just north of Oxford Street. The Collection is not a natural target for the anthropological gaze (excepting perhaps a few pieces of near and far Eastern antique weaponry).  But it is interesting in that it is a closed collection. That is, with the death of the widow of the third generation of the collectors, the house and its contents were bequested as a collection with financial provision for the collection's upkeep, but not its development. So what you have is a statement of collection. It is contrast with an ethnographic collection in that it is arguably imperative that an ethnographic collection at least refers to recent and current developments of its area of interest, if not actively expanding the collection in terms of items or objects. Anyway, it gives a flavour of things we discussed as we went round. 


26 November 2012: Celebration in Simurgh

A chance to meet up for a meal became a celebration. A few of us met up at Simurgh, the Persian restaurant in Garrick Street, and a default meeting place for Anthropology Connections members.  it became a celebration because Ruth Carlyle passed the viva for her doctorate, accepted with minimal corrections, on the Monday.  Congratulations to Dr Carlyle!

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