Ms Nicola Froggatt

Supervised by

  • Zoe Laidlaw First/primary/lead supervisor

    1/10/17 → …

Research interests

My research interests centre on the relationship between collecting and colonial ideology. I look at how different people have collected objects to uphold, complicate and subvert unequal power relationships - and what this means for how we should treat material now in museums today.


PhD research: 'Colonial Ambitions and Collecting Anxieties on Western Australian Frontiers'

My doctoral research analysed the presence of historical Aboriginal material in British and Irish museums today. It asked what, how and why cultural material from Western Australia was collected during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (c. 1828–1914). It explores the uses and meanings that these Aboriginal belongings accrued in non-Aboriginal contexts, asking how British collectors understood and deployed them to uphold their own anxieties and ambitions.


Institutional affiliations

My PhD supervisors were Dr Zoe Laidlaw (Department of History, RHUL) and Dr Gaye Sculthorpe (Department for Africa, Oceania and the Americas, The British Museum).


Educational background

MA, Museum Studies (University of Leicester)

BA, English and History (University of Southampton)


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