Held at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow from 29th August 2019 until 8th December 2019, our exhibition set out to showcase the findings of our research and to highlight The Hunterian’s world-class collection of Pacific barkcloth.
Entitled Barkcloth: Revealing Pacific Craft, the exhibition combined our work in technical art history, conservation science, anthropology and art history to reveal unknown provenances in The Hunterian collections and new scientific findings about the production, trading and use of tapa. Featuring exceptional samples of barkcloth newly restored to their original magnificence, the exhibition demonstrated how focused collections research can enhance our knowledge of collections and of the field.
In addition to outstanding examples of barkcloth on display for the first time, the exhibition allowed visitors to view objects collected on the exploratory voyages of Captain Cook and by Presbyterian missionary Reverend George Turner. Included amongst these objects were original tools, dyes, fibres and plant species used to make the cloth.