New Head of Curators for Tropenmuseum, Africa Museum and Museum Volkenkunde

New Head of Curators for Tropenmuseum, Africa Museum and Museum Volkenkunde

Dr. Henrietta Lidchi will take up the post of Head of Curators at the Tropenmuseum, Africa Museum and Museum Volkenkunde on 15 May 2017. She will succeed Dr. Laura van Broekhoven, who left to become director of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford from 1 March 2016. ‘In Henrietta Lidchi, our museums will gain one of the most renowned professionals in her international field’, said director Stijn Schoonderwoerd. ‘With her wealth of experience, she is the ideal person to take the process of innovation we launched a number of years ago to the next level.’

Henrietta Lidchi will manage the team of curators at the National Museum of World Cultures (NMVW), the organisation that encompasses the Tropenmuseum, Africa Museum and Museum Volkenkunde. Working alongside Wayne Modest, Head of the Research Centre for Material Culture, she will add further substance to our ambitious exhibitions schedule, our plans to expand the presentation of our collections, our innovative collection and research policy and our collaboration with cultural institutions and communities, all of which makes the NMVW a museum about people that promotes global citizenship.

Henrietta Lidchi is currently Keeper of World Cultures at National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh where her role, since joining the organisation in 2005, has included leading the major gallery redevelopments. She has also held a number of positions at the British Museum. Lidchi has led national and international research projects and collaborations, and has been involved in various capacities in numerous exhibitions. Her personal specialisation is native American art and culture. Lidchi is also Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Sciences.

Lidchi has authored an impressive list of publications, including a number of standard works such as Imaging the Arctic (1998), Visual Currencies (2009) and The Poetics and Politics of Representing Other Cultures, in S. Hall, J. Evans and S. Nixon (eds.) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (2013). She received a prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Grant for the project Baggage and Belonging: Military Collections and the British Empire (1750-1900).



New Head of Curators: Henrietta Lidchi

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