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Haddon in Ireland, reconstructing the archive of the Irish Ethnographic Survey

Ciarán Walsh, Maynooth University
Dr Joe Dudding, Arch and Anth Museum, Cambridge

Wednesday 8 April at 5.30 pm

This illustrated talk outlines a project to reconstruct the archive of the Irish Ethnographic Survey that was established by Haddon in 1891 under the umbrella of the British Ethnographic Survey. The Irish Survey was overshadowed by subsequent developments in Cambridge / Torres but, unlike the British Survey, it was active ‘in the field’ for almost a decade. The records of the Survey were dispersed over collections in Ireland and the UK where they have remained uncatalogued and largely overlooked for 120 years. Recent research has however, uncovered manuscripts, photographs and artifacts (the contents of Haddon’s Anthropometric Laboratory in Dublin for instance) that have the capacity to change our understanding of the early development of Anthropology in Ireland and the UK. More work needs to be done and the role played by the RAI in particular in the establishment by Haddon of the Survey and the Laboratory in Dublin needs to be examined.

This event is free, but tickets must be booked. To book tickets please go to http://walshdudding.eventbrite.co.uk