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Event: Missionaries & Idols In Polynesia

Brunei Gallery, SOAS

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Title Missionaries & Idols In Polynesia
Type of event Exhibition
Dates 9 July 2015 - 26 September 2015
Special dates Tue - Sat, 10.30 - 17.00
Time 10:30
Description An exhibition documenting the London Missionary Society from 1792 to 1825 showing its formation to its initial ‘success’ in Polynesia. Many of the objects have not been on public display since the 19th Century. Along with historical graphics and archives, the exhibition shows some of the idols and artefacts which the missionaries brought back.

The exhibition includes loans of previously un-exhibited objects from the British Museum, National Maritime Museum, Cuming Museum, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology Cambridge University, SOAS University of London and private collections to be shown together for the first time.

Guest curator, David Shaw King, is a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Food for the Flames: Idols and Missionaries in Polynesia.

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Name Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Address Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
Telephone 020 7898 4915
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