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Alex Partridge

Alex Partridge

Department: Archaeology

Supervisor: Dr Anita Herle

College: Darwin

AHRC Subject Area: Archaeology

Title of Thesis: Between Two Words: contesting Copper Inuit pasts and futures in ethnographic museums

Additional academic interests:

- Repatriation and cultural ownership

- Ethnographic collections

- Arctic socio-politics

- Archaeology of the North

- Arctic material culture


My background and key interests centre on the archaeology of the circumpolar north, with a Masters in archaeology from the University of Aberdeen and several seasons of fieldwork in Scotland and Iceland behind me. In 2011, a Museums Galleries Scotland internship in an ethnographic university museum introduced me to professional work in the museum sector and, following a second MA in museum studies from UCL, I spent several years working directly with collections at the Royal Collection Trust. Through my MA and my work with Inuit items in the Royal Collection I became interested in both Arctic material culture and with the role of museums in wider Arctic geopolitics.