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Thurstan Shaw Memorial Celebrations May 2014

last modified Jun 09, 2014 08:21 AM
Largest ever gathering of West African representatives in Cambridge celebrates the life of the late Professor Thurstan Shaw


The McDonald Institute hosted what was the largest ever gathering of West African Traditional Rulers, archaeologists, dignitaries, museum curators and heritage practitioners to honour the life and scholarly contributions of Professor Thurston Shaw.  Fifty-two African guests participated in a series of events entitled "Archaeology and Heritage in West Africa: Building links and capacity through Thurstan Shaw's legacy" from 8th to 12th May, footage of which is now available through the links below.

Shaw, (27th June 1914 to 8th March 2013) CBE, FBA, FSA, Onu N'ekwulu Ora Igboukwu, Onuna Ekwulu Nri and Onyafuonka, pioneered the development of  archaeology, univeristies and museums in Anglophone West Africa.

Key highlights of the event, which ran from 8th to 12th May 2014, included a University Memorial Quaker meeting at Sidney Sussex College and a McDonald Institute Keynote Lecture given by Professor Susan Keech McIntosh on "The Enigma of Igbo Ukwu: exploring the origins of West African Civilisation".

The event was organised by Shaw's widow, Dr Pamela Jane Smith.

For the McDonald Institute Keynote Lecture

For photos of the event

For a draft film of proceedings created by the Nigerian Television Authority








An Oral History of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research