Museum Ethnographers Group
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The Museum Ethnographers Group (MEG) is a United Kingdom-based collective for those working with and researching ethnographic collections in museums. It is registered as a charity in England and Wales (no. 1023150) and is recognised in the UK museum sector as a subject specialist network. It is often known to its members by its acronym MEG. Its most obvious functions are the annual conference it organises and the journal it publishes.
MEG holds an annual conference, normally hosted by a UK museum. Recent conferences have been at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading (2010), Bristol Museum/University (2009), St John's College, University of Oxford (2008), National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (2007), Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (2006), Manchester Museum (2005), Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2004), University of Leicester (2003).
Journal of Museum Ethnography
The MEG newsletter for many years functioned as a kind of journal, containing scholarly articles despite its photocopied pages. In 1989, MEG began to publish the Journal of Museum Ethnography (JME), and has done so every year since. In 2010, MEG reached an agreement with JSTOR to digitise all past issues of JME, as well as the early newsletters.
- Issues and themes
|1||1989||A Question of Image|
|2||1990||The Walrus Said|
|3||1991||African Anthropology in Scotland|
|4||1992||Baskets of the World|
|5||1993||What is Ethnography?|
|6||1994||Museum Ethnography and Communities|
|7||1995||Tourism, Anthropology and Museums & New Developments in Scotland|
|9||1997||MEG 21st Birthday: Past and future in museum ethnography|
|10||1998||Inter-Active: World Cultures and Museum Education|
|11||1999||‘Arts Premiers’? Ethnography and Art in the late 20th Century|
|12||2000||Glimpses of Africa – Museums, scholarship and popular culture|
|13||2001||Developing Dialogues: Museums and their Communities|
|15||2003||Power and Collecting|
|16||2004||Developing Audiences – Developing Collections|
|17||2005||Pacific Ethnography, Politics and Museums|
|18||2006||Looking Backward, Looking Forward|
|19||2007||Feeling the Vibes: Dealing with Intangible Heritage|
|20||2008||Objects of Trade|
|21||2009||Encounters with Polynesia: Exhibiting the Past in the Present|
|22||2010||Museum Ethnography at Home|
- Museum Ethnographers Newsletter No. 1 (19 July 1976)
- Interview of Peter Gathercole by Alan Macfarlane and Ami Henare. Filmed by Alan Macfarlane at King's College, 8 May 2003.