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Engaging Africa: Discovering rich artefact stories at the Rumble Museum

In December 2020, the Rumble Museum, situated at Cheney School Academy, Oxford, was privileged to receive the gift of a wide and varied collection of artefacts from several different sub-Saharan countries. The collection included a range of items, for cooking, performing music, wearing and using in everyday life.

Students, staff, parents and visitors have all engaged with and contributed to the knowledge of these objects. The museum has been working with local Oxford expert and poet, Natty Mark Samuels (founder of The African School), and the Cheney School community, to unlock and find out more about the history and use of this beautiful collection, and to find space and a way of displaying it, at the school.

We have partnered with expert cultural historian, Naima Mokhtar, to work with Cheney School students in preparing stories and content for display on The Earth Museum platform, making it accessible to anyone online with digital access across the world.

Explore a selection of objects and stories written by students on the Rumble Museum African Artefacts Explorer Map, and find out more about Natty Mark Samuel’s creative work with the collections.

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