University of Glasgow
Researchers and conservators from the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History investigated barkcloth from multiple collections, with an emphasis on the materials and techniques of Pacific barkcloth making. This included the Pacific art collection of The Hunterian, part of our primary research focus.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew formed another part of our primary research focus.
The Pacific art collections of the Smithsonian Institution, including that of the National Museum for Natural History, span barkcloths from multiple territories such as Hawai‘i, Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Island. These large, well-documented collections provided valuable context for our investigation of other collections.
University of Glasgow
Incorporating findings from the main project, researchers from the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History developed and delivered online resources to promote further engagement with barkcloth through our museum partners and others.
Horniman Museum and Gardens
The ethnographic collection housed within the Horniman Museum contains object from across the world. This includes a significant collection of objects from Oceania, with a particular focus on Papua New Guinea.
National Museum of Scotland
In addition to barkcloths in the World Cultures collection, NMS is engaged in a research project, The Fabric of Life: Early Polynesian barkcloth in context.
collection of objects from Oceania, with a particular focus on Papua New Guinea.
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery
Formerly known as New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery houses a range of objects and exhibitions.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
The collection at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum contains barkcloth objects from Oceania and other world regions.
Royal Pavilion and Museums
Based in Brighton and Hove, the Royal Pavilion and Museums contains a World Art collection including barkcloth objects.
Arts and Humanities Research Council
We gratefully acknowledge the funding and support of the UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council for both the Situating Pacific Barkcloth in Time and Place research project and the A Living Tradition: Expanding Engagement with Pacific Barkcloth follow-on impact and engagement project.