Dr Nicola Froggatt is Research Manager at the National Trust. Their research interests centre on colonial ‘ethnographic’ collections, and the many individuals who have made, collected or otherwise been in relationship with this material. Nicola's AHRC-funded PhD (2022) with Royal Holloway and the British Museum investigated histories of Aboriginal objects made in Western Australia – and what their subsequent journeys across local, national and international networks reveal about colonial ambitions and collecting anxieties
When is a shield not a shield? Interpreting Indigenous versatility in an East End match factory
This biography of a shield in the Science Museum Group’s fire making collection focuses on its unusual curation within the Bryant and May Museum of Fire-Making Appliances. By scrutinising Eurocentric ways-of-seeing in museums, the author suggests alternative ways of understanding the object’s significance.