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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2004 9:11 pm 
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Textile enthusiasts and researchers in the UK have been very depressed since the Museum of Mankind in Burlington Gardens, London - where the ethnographic section of the British Museum was housed - closed and the plans for an exciting textile study centre at the British Museum (to bring together all the textiles in the BM) were axed.

I would like to report some good news. The textiles in the ethnographic section of the BM are now in the Museum's store in Olympia in a new storage area. As part of this area there is a room where textiles in the Ethnographic Collection can be laid out for viewing. I was lucky enough last Tuesday to be a member of the first group for whom the Dept were able to offer this service when the Oxford Asian Textile Group saw some of the Uzbek Lakai textiles in the Rau collection at the BM. We were very grateful to Sarah Posey, Curator at the Dept of Ethnography and her colleagues Helen Wolfe and Imongen Laing for making this visit possible.

We were advised that if, as individual researchers, we wanted to see items in the collection we should first visit the Centre for Anthropology at the main BM building in Great Russell Street. During weekday afternoons it is possible to visit the Centre and access the database of the collection to identify articles of interest which can then be seen by appointment in the store in West London.

File comment: 11 June 2004 - Oxford Asian Textile Group visit to British Museum Ethnographic textiles store in west London to see Lakai textiles from Uzbekistan in the Rau Collection.
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