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Department of Social Anthropology


Colour (2019-2022)

This multi-disciplinary research and exhibition proposal is in the early phase of development, with plans for an exhibition and Colour Research Projectassociated publication in early 2022.   Drawing on the rich collections and expertise within the University of Cambridge Museums and associated Departments, the project aims to explore various materials and social technologies that make different colours visible and the ways that colour is perceived and mobilised in historical and cross-cultural contexts.


Image:Colour Wheel.  Used to text colour perception. When the wheel is rapidly rotated the eye sees a colour resulting from the mixture of different colours arranged on the wheel. This device was originally devised by James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), first head of the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge.
Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge, Wh.4421


Dr  Anita  Herle
Senior Research Fellow, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology