Ethnographic Imaginings

Recordings of poems by John Agard, Grace Nichols & Imtiaz Dharker inspired by the collections at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

Poets John Agard, Grace Nichols & Imtiaz Dharker spent time with Hastings Museum & Art Gallery's World Art collection to write new poems exploring and bringing to life the wealth of intriguing artefacts in this permanent exhibition.

With objects relating to childhood, food & drink, costume, leisure, warfare, and belief, the exhibits span 4,000 years of human history - from a ceremonial feather cloak to a suit of Samurai armour; from a Tibetan Buddhist monastery door to Ancient Egyptian funerary items; from a white burqa to a selection of simple shell fish-hooks.  The displays are housed in the ornately carved Durbar Hall.

Both the original project and these new recordings have been supported by Word County, a written & spoken word programme designed to celebrate a sense of place and create opportunities for local communities to join in, as well as to see and hear professional writers and speakers.

A booklet of the poems is available free from the Museum.  Please email to request your copy.  A panel display of the poems is also available for hire.  Please email for more information and bookings. 



  Upper Durbar Hall


Carved Heads, Durbar Hall

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