15 July 2020
EMKP grantee Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran provides an overview of some of her recent work for the Paper people – […]
The Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP) is a major grant-giving programme that supports research on material knowledge systems that are under threat and in danger of disappearing. This includes knowledge systems associated with the making, use, repair and re-purposing of material objects, spaces, architecture, performances and environments. Our aim is to highlight, document, preserve and make accessible through an open-access digital repository a global record of endangered activities and knowledge.
Scholars from across the world can apply for funding to spend time with communities recording practices through a range of formats that include film, audio recordings, photographs, 3D and written records. We also strongly encourage applications that include reference to and/or use of existing museum collections, including, but not restricted to, the British Museum collections. This might include use of objects and images as an elicitation device or work that connects contemporary practices and knowledge systems with museum collections and catalogues.
EMKP was launched in 2018 and is funded by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and hosted by the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum.
20 May 2020
Growing concern over the disappearance of bees and, as a result, biodiversity has led to a revival of beekeeping over […]
24 March 2020
Download a Khmer translation of this blog post here We are excited to report that research fieldwork for the Angkuoch […]
During November EMKP was active in participating in the National Programmes conference and the African Archaeology Research Day. Both conferences […]
EMKP and ELDP are happy to announce a joint Call for Applications that combines both language and material knowledge documentation. […]
EMKP is happy to announce that we have awarded our first fifteen grants to researchers from across the globe investigating […]
The project aims primarily at documenting cotton cloth production in North Benin, from cotton growing activities to thread production (ginning, […]
In the islands of Melanesia, people have developed extremely complex value and exchange systems that seem to work like currencies. […]
This project will translate, record, articulate, preserve, and disseminate craft knowledge related to paper clothing (kamiko) made from sheets of […]
The traditional natural broom and fibre rope crafts of the Urhobo people of Nigeria are highly endangered by the introduction […]
Angkuoch, the Cambodian Jew’s Harp Fewer than ten living instrument-makers of the mouth harp angkuoch are known across Cambodia, and the […]