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Every object in the Ashmolean has passed from hand to hand to reach the Museum. In this new podcast series, we uncover the invisible fingerprints left behind by makers, looters, archaeologists, soldiers, rulers, curators, and many more. These stories of touch reveal the ways in which the forces of conflict and colonialism have shaped Britain’s oldest Museum.
Guests include Bénédicte Savoy, co-author of the Report on African Cultural Heritage, commissioned by Emmanuel Macron; Professor Dan Hicks, of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum; and Simukai Chigudu, one of the founding members of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign.
Fingerprints was released on the Ashmolean’s website, on Spotify, Apple, and wherever you get your podcasts, weekly from 21 January until 25 February 2022.