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Hidden Histories: Africa On-line Resourcecs

Take a virtual tour of over 300 objects with relevance to Africa and the Diaspora. There is no dedicated gallery space for African art at the V&A. The reason for this dates back to the 19th century, when the Museum was founded with the specific aim of collecting examples of good design. Since African art was then categorised as 'ethnography' rather than 'art', the Museum focussed on the products of Europe and Asia. A number of African objects were acquired as examples of skills or techniques, but it is only more recently that the collection has expanded to include work by black artists and makers from Africa and other parts of the world. You can now view the wealth and eclectic nature of this unique resource from your computer at home, with your family, or perhaps in the classroom to inform a school project or at college to inspire a design idea. Learn more through object stories, view items in the collection from Africa and look back at related events, displays and exhibitions.

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020 7942 2000

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