Ethnographic Imaginings

Acclaimed poets John Agard, Grace Nichols & Imtiaz Dharker were commissioned to write new poems exploring and bringing to life the wealth of intriguing artefacts on display in the amazing Durbar Hall.  A free booklet of the poems is available from the Museum.  If you'd like a copy, please email

Click on the pictures to hear the poets read their work.

  • Hamsa Bird

    Hamsa Bird read by Grace Nichols Offering Vessel - Myan...   view image

  • Laksmi

    Laksmi by Grace Nichols Laksmi - Southern India 9th - 1...   view image

  • Malagan Mask

    Malagan Mask At Hastings Museum by Grace Nichols Malaga...   view image

  • Ceremony

    Ceremony read by Imtiaz Dharker Malagan Mask - New Irel...   view image

  • Thumb Ring

    Thumb Ring by Imtiaz Dharker Thumb Ring - India 19th ce...   view image

  • Jigsaw Puzzle

    The Missing Piece by Imtiaz Dharker Jigsaw Puzzle - Nor...   view image

  • Amulet - Hand of Fatima

    Leaving Fingerprints by Imtiaz Dharker Amulet - Hand of...   view image

  • War Horn - Palau Islands

    How It Started in Hastings Museum by Imtiaz Dharker War...   view image

  • Figure of Kinko Sennin

    From Kinko Sennin to 1066 read by John Agard Figure of ...   view image

  • Cricket Bat and Ball

    Bat and Ball read by John Agard Cricket Ball - Great Br...   view image

  • Carved Buddha - India 19th century

    A Carved Buddha On A Four-Elephant Throne read by John ...   view image

  • The Brasseys

    The Brasseys read by John Agard The Brassey family and ...   view image

  • Monkey Effigy

    Collected read by John Agard Monkey Effigy - Costa Rica...   view image

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