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Introduction: Zanzibar, museums and the British Empire; Museum precedents: British imperial culture, collecting and display in Zanzibar, 1897-1922; ‘Muskiti ya Bwana Sinclair’: building the Peace Memorial Museum, 1919-1925; ‘The same breed of museum worker’: curators, collaborators and the museum community, 1925-1942; Trusteeship of culture: acquisition and display of the museum’s collection, 1925-1942; Explaining the ‘puzzling new world’: education and reaching out beyond the museum, 1925-1942; The museum and ‘the unhappy archives’: preserving Zanzibar’s past in the era of decolonisation, 1942-1964; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
Sarah Longair received her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London, and currently works in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum. Her research explores British colonial history in East Africa and the Indian Ocean world through material and visual culture. She has published several book chapters and articles, and has co-edited the volume Curating Empire: Museums and the British Imperial Experience (2012) and two special issues of the Museums History Journal.