Africa ProgrammeSustainable and
dynamic initiatives 
for exchange and 
skills sharing 


London and the UK

The Africa Programme supports short term work placements for African colleagues at the British Museum and with some of its UK partners.

The opportunity to travel outside their home environment, often for the first time, allows participants to expand their vision of the role of museums in the world. The work placements are mainly project-based with a focus on research, display or the acquisition of new skills relevant to the individual’s role.

The British Museum and partner museums benefit from this exchange of cultural knowledge which helps to inform new interpretations of collections.

Current Partners

Map of the United Kingdom

Map of the United Kingdom showing the locations of partner organisations



Relating to ancestors

Museum colleagues from the Manhyia Palace Museum and the Armed Forces Museum in Kumase travelled to the British Museum in May 2009 to research objects for a new display in the British Museum’s Living and Dying Gallery.

Their expert cultural knowledge brought valuable new insights and interpretations of the Asante gold regalia included in the Relating to Ancestors display. This research will also form the foundation of a British Museum online research catalogue on Asante Gold regalia.

British Museum staff shared technical expertise during a training workshop to install the objects in the gallery. The trainees have been able to use their new skills to make positive changes in their own museum displays.

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Room 24: Living and Dying


Charles Partridge

Charles Partridge on his voyage to
Nigeria in 1906


A colonial view of Africa

Colleagues from the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria have been exploring the life and collections of Charles Partridge, a Suffolk-born British colonial administrator who worked in Nigeria (then the Southern Nigerian Protectorate) from 1903-1915.

A large part of his personal collection from the Cross Rivers region in eastern Nigeria was donated to the Ipswich Museum in 1928, while a substantial collection of photographs and a smaller object collection was bequeathed to the British Museum in 1956.

Both collections provide a wealth of primary source material relating to the cultures and history of the protectorate, its people and its colonisers.

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Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service