The World Cultures collection is a varied collection of objects brought back by travellers and colonial officials and donated to the museum in the early 20th century.
The main cultures represented in the collection are from Africa, Oceania (Australasia and the Pacific Islands) and the Americas. The objects collected include examples of decorative woodwork, bonework, textiles and metallic and organic weaponry.
The collection features an assemblage of Inuit bone and copper tools brought back from one of Lincolnshire explorer Sir John Franklin’s expeditions to find the northwest passage. This collection also includes a pair of wooden snowshoes worn by Franklin himself.
Other highlights include a South African ‘Zulu’ shield, spears and arrows from Africa and South America, a Canadian canoe, wooden Nigerian deity statues, musical instruments made from animals, and Javanese shadow puppets.