Welcome to the Making African Connections Digital Archive. To begin your exploration of the Archive, enter a search term above or browse the Archive.

The Making African Connections project researches historic African collections held in Sussex and Kent museums with the aim of furthering both conceptual and applied debates over ‘decolonizing’ public institutions. The first stage of this project involves research and digitization of 600 objects from three specific Africa colonial-era collections:

  1. C19th century objects from Botswana held in Brighton Museum from the collection of Rev. Willoughby and other sources;
  2. C19th century objects from Sudan, collected in the context of the wars against the Mahdist forces, held at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive;
  3. 1930s objects from the Namibia/Angola borderlands held at the Powell-Cotton Museum.

The Making African Connections Digital Archive soft launched in Feburary 2019 with some samples from these collections. For more information about the project, see the About page.