The University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology could lose it’s ‘pole position’ as a world leader in collections of historical artefacts from the travels and migrations of British and European travellers, collectors, and scientists, Cambridge MEP Alex Mayer warned when she visited on Friday 3rd March 2017.
Ms. Mayer met with the museum's director, Nicholas Thomas, before exploring the collections and talking about the work achieved thanks to funding from the European Parliament.
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has received £120,000 from the European Union's Creative Europe Programme, and a major award from the European Research Council, worth over £1.6 million.
The Museum's director, Nicholas Thomas said "Support from Creative Europe and the European Research Council has enabled the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to lead ambitious programmes, supporting partnership work with academics, curators, artists and communities in the Pacific Islands and elsewhere, as well as network with museums across Europe, creating opportunities for new researchers and students, and enriching our exhibitions and public programmes. Our international collaborations are vital to what we offer locally."
Ms Mayer said "This museum is a fantastic example of how money from the European Union and European Research Council has been used to further the academic excellence of the University of Cambridge.
"The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is currently the top of the totem pole in the UK when it comes to making learning about different cultures and ethnicities accessible to local residents and visitors alike and is a credit to our city.
“Our city has benefitted greatly from the UK's membership of the European Union, and it is important that our museums and research institutions continue to receive the funding that has allowed the University of Cambridge to lead the way, especially in the aftermath of the disaster of Brexit.”