Deal signed on custody of historical photographs


The Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (CUMAA) in the United Kingdom and the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery recently signed an agreement to be custodians and curators of historical photographs taken by eminent anthropologist Prof Emiritus Dame Marilyn Strathern.
The agreement was signed between Anita Herle, curator of anthropology at CUMAA, and Dr Andrew Moutu, director of the PNG National Museum, during a recent visit hosted at Cambridge University by the European Society for Oceanists.
A total of 2806 photographs (including 1847 original negatives, 552 original transparencies and 407 born digital images) were donated to the CUMAA, which shall managed copyright over the photographs.
The PNG National Museum shall have the right to reproduce the photographs as and when that need arises in the future.
A small amount of money shall be provided to the National Museum to ease the burden of reproduction.
The photographs were acquired as part of a long-term research and documentation of Strathern’s work carried out as field-work in Western Highlands and Port Moresby between 1964 and 2015.
The photographs include scenes of local life and horticultural practices. There is also a series of photographs taken in the early 1970s in Port Moresby.
The focus is on the lives of migrants from the Hagen area living in Port Moresby prior to Independence in 1975.