Selected reviews for Colonial Collecting and Display.
“Colonial Collecting and Display provides methodological insights into the analysis of collections assembled in the past in terms of their relevance for present museum display and documentation. Its successful combination of archival research with critical museological theory makes it very appealing for scholars working on material culture, museum studies, and the practices of collecting.” Museum Worlds
“Wintle brings the reader on [an] intriguing journey, providing numerous well-researched and argued stops along the way that serve to complicate the often-simplified narrative of colonial collecting and display.”Asian Anthropology
“Wintle’s book is an insightful examination of Andamanese and Nicobarese material culture during the late 19th century and early 20thcentury, and it reminds readers that there is much to be gained by studying the history of objects.” Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
“In a brief concluding chapter, Wintle looks to a future in which the complex stories of these collections can be told in new ways that collaborate with and serve contemporary Andamanese and Nicobar Islanders and that acknowledge the larger, complex, and multidimensional colonial and postcolonial histories in which they played a part. Her book is an important contribution to doing just that.” Museum Anthropology
"An excellent, thought-provoking text on the material culture and popular representations of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There is detailed primary research combined with a sophisticated theorisation of museological and collecting processes. The book demonstrates a nuanced understanding of Western perceptions of these cultures from the mid-19th to mid-20th century, and will clearly contribute to the growing literature on post-colonialism, collections and museums." Dr Louise Tythacott, University of Manchester
"This book brings new information and interesting insights into the fields of history, material culture studies and museum studies. It is well written, well researched, scholarly, and accessible." Dr Sandra Dudley, University of Leicester
“Colonial Collecting and Display is a must read for anyone interested in the peoples and material culture of India as well as the Nicobar and Andaman Islands. Due to the detailed object descriptions and the museological approach, the book is particularly interesting for ethnographers and museum experts. Owing to the illustrations and a clear and lucid writing style, it also constitutes a fascinating read for those who simply have an interest in learning about colonial encounters from a unique and original point of view.”