Posted by: Martha Tsutsui 2 weeks, 5 days ago


The Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP) is a major new programme that will help preserve the knowledge of endangered material practices. The programme will provide grants for documentation work on traditional material practices and knowledge systems that are threatened in some way, and in danger of disappearing. It focuses on the ‘made world’ and how people create, build, repair and use the natural resources and objects to shape their societies, spaces, and bodies. The scope of this work will be potentially huge – material practices can range from special events to the production and use of everyday household items like cooking implements, agricultural tools or clothes, as well the houses and buildings that people occupy.

The programme’s objective is to preserve the knowledge in perpetuity through an open access, digital repository. Scholars from across the world are invited to apply for funding to spend time with communities and recording practices using a range of digital formats. Scholars can apply for a small grant, which is awarded for up to one year and with a maximum budget of £15,000, or a large grant, awarded for up to two years with a maximum budget of £70,000. Applications close at midnight GMT on the 15th January 2020.

Applications can be submitted here:

EMKP is supported by Arcadia (, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin and hosted by the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum will deliver this three-year programme of grants (2018-2021).

For inquiries please get in touch at

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