Resonant Histories

Pacific artefacts and the voyages of the HMS Royalist 1890-1893

Alison Clark with contributions by Eve Haddow & Chris Wright | Forthcoming

Resonant Histories

Pacific artefacts and the voyages of the HMS Royalist 1890-1893

Alison Clark with contributions by Eve Haddow & Chris Wright | Forthcoming

ISBN: 9789088906299

Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 182x257mm | ca. 270 pp. | Pacific Presences 6 | Language: English | 19 illus. (bw) | 173 illus. (fc) | Category: Pacific island studies, museum studies, post-colonialism, collecting, colonialism, photography | download cover

Publication date: 28-03-2019

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    ISBN: 9789088906299

    Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 182x257mm | ca. 270 pp. | Pacific Presences 6 | Language: English | 19 illus. (bw) | 173 illus. (fc) | Category: Pacific island studies, museum studies, post-colonialism, collecting, colonialism, photography | download cover

    Publication date: 28-03-2019

This book explores the complex relational assemblage that is the ethnographic collection of Admiral Edward Henry Meggs Davis, made during the three voyages of the H.M.S Royalist between 1890-1893. The collection is indicative not just of a period of colonial collecting in the Pacific, but also the development of museum collections in the UK and Europe. This period of history also affects the way that Pacific Islanders think about their own lives today.

Using the collections as a starting point the book is divided into three parts. The first will provide the historical background to the three voyages of the H.M.S Royalist, discussing each voyage, its aims and outcomes, and the role that Davis played within this. This will then provide the context for the large collection of 1400 objects made by Davis during his time as Captain of the Australian naval cruiser. It will then interrogate the motivations of Davis to collect and the various means of collecting that he employed.

The second section will consider what happened to the collection once Davis returned to England, where and how it was sold, and how the collection became a part of and subject to the networks of museums, and private collectors in the UK and Europe during the end of the 19th century beginning of the 20th century.

Finally the third section will look at history and contemporary change. Focusing on three Pacific Islands- one from each voyage- this section will explore how indigenous people discuss the arrival of the H.M.S Royalist in relation to contemporary life- often as a means of understanding current social, political or environmental issues -, and consider the contemporary significance of these dispersed collections to Pacific Islanders today.

This books is part of the Pacific Presences series. Click here to see the other volumes in this series.

List of figures
Biographies
Preface
Introduction

Part I Voyaging and Collecting

1. ‘Enacting British Law’ in the Pacific

2. Collecting the Pacific

Part III Networks

3. All the Pacific for Sale

Part III History and Contemporary Change

5. Tracing Tappea: The HMS Royalist in Vanuatu
Eve Haddow

6. Histories
Chris Wright

7. The Union Jack Festival, Kiribati

Epilogue

Dr. Alison Clark

Alison Clark is a Research Associate at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Both her masters (2007) and PhD (2013) theses were on the Indigenous Australian collections at the British Museum. Her current research is focused on Kiribati, where she is interested in the contemporary resonance of historic museum collections, and the revival of certain cultural practices. She has previously worked on projects at the British Museum, and the October Gallery in London.

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Abstract:

This book explores the complex relational assemblage that is the ethnographic collection of Admiral Edward Henry Meggs Davis, made during the three voyages of the H.M.S Royalist between 1890-1893. The collection is indicative not just of a period of colonial collecting in the Pacific, but also the development of museum collections in the UK and Europe. This period of history also affects the way that Pacific Islanders think about their own lives today.

Using the collections as a starting point the book is divided into three parts. The first will provide the historical background to the three voyages of the H.M.S Royalist, discussing each voyage, its aims and outcomes, and the role that Davis played within this. This will then provide the context for the large collection of 1400 objects made by Davis during his time as Captain of the Australian naval cruiser. It will then interrogate the motivations of Davis to collect and the various means of collecting that he employed.

The second section will consider what happened to the collection once Davis returned to England, where and how it was sold, and how the collection became a part of and subject to the networks of museums, and private collectors in the UK and Europe during the end of the 19th century beginning of the 20th century.

Finally the third section will look at history and contemporary change. Focusing on three Pacific Islands- one from each voyage- this section will explore how indigenous people discuss the arrival of the H.M.S Royalist in relation to contemporary life- often as a means of understanding current social, political or environmental issues -, and consider the contemporary significance of these dispersed collections to Pacific Islanders today.

This books is part of the Pacific Presences series. Click here to see the other volumes in this series.

Contents

List of figures
Biographies
Preface
Introduction

Part I Voyaging and Collecting

1. ‘Enacting British Law’ in the Pacific

2. Collecting the Pacific

Part III Networks

3. All the Pacific for Sale

Part III History and Contemporary Change

5. Tracing Tappea: The HMS Royalist in Vanuatu
Eve Haddow

6. Histories
Chris Wright

7. The Union Jack Festival, Kiribati

Epilogue

Dr. Alison Clark

Alison Clark is a Research Associate at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Both her masters (2007) and PhD (2013) theses were on the Indigenous Australian collections at the British Museum. Her current research is focused on Kiribati, where she is interested in the contemporary resonance of historic museum collections, and the revival of certain cultural practices. She has previously worked on projects at the British Museum, and the October Gallery in London.

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