MAA Digital Lab

Launched in 2022, the Digital Lab is a digital engagement project which seeks to increase the visibility and accessibility of the world cultures collections at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

The project highlights collections in the Museum’s care through a range of themes such as Substances of Wellbeing and Intoxication, Object Diasporas, Making and Mending, and Digitisation.

Blog Posts

Q&A with the Education and Outreach Team at MAA

Rebecca Rees speaks with one of MAA's Education and Outreach Assistants to explore the nature of outreach work at MAA, and its significance for the museum as well as its communities.

Rebecca Rees

9 April 2024

The Allure and Appeal of an Anglo-Saxon Cross from Trumpington

The Trumpington Cross has been endlessly reproduced on MAA's shop products including postcards, tote bags, fridge magnets, keyrings and even a ruler. But what makes it so appealing?

Gerard Davis

2 April 2024

A piece of wonder, or what four fragments of the Taj Mahal can tell us about monuments in India 

What is a piece of the Taj Mahal doing in a case with a Sumerian tablet, an Ostrich shell necklace, and an amulet from ancient Egypt? What can it tell us about monuments and conservation practices in India?

Sarthak Malhotra

26 March 2024

Online Exhibitions

Continuity and Change in the Durbar Square at Bhaktapur, Nepal

MAA cares for a few photographs of the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur, Nepal. This exhibition juxtaposes these photographs with more recent ones, exploring patterns of continuity and change in a vulnerable and constantly evolving city.

Kui Elephant Catchers and the Pakam Rope: From Thailand to Cambridge

In March 2023, a new object came into MAA's care – a เชือกปะกำ (Pakam rope). This exhibition explores its journey, from the hands and homes of its Kui makers to the vendors from whom the rope was purchased and the case in MAA where it is now displayed.

Chinese Spirit-Medium Possession in Singapore

A new digitisation project at MAA, which digitally repatriated 2,000 ethnographic photographs of Chinese temples and ritual practices in Singapore to its national library, gives insight into the supernatural world of spirit-mediumship in the region.

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If you'd like to get involved, then please get in touch with us at digitallab@maa.cam.ac.uk.

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