London Anthropology Day Event Archive

The 2017 event

The 14th London Anthropology Day took place on 29th June 2017. The event received 500 attendee bookings. 22 universities from Ireland, Wales and England participated alongside  2 organisations who exhibited and a publisher who advertised. Participating universities provided workshops on human evolution, forensics, protest, material culture and visual anthropology. The event was organised jointly by Emma Ford (RAI Education & Communications Officer) in collaboration with the British Museum.  An interactive panel session on University Admissions and Careers in Anthropology proved very popular – thanks to the panel who offered this lively session. Special thanks go to Professor Lissant Bolton, Keeper in the Department if Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum and to Dr Evan Killick for his introductory remarks on anthropology as an intriguing and essential discipline for the 21st century. To find out what LAD 2017 was like, please take a look at our photo gallery: www.flickr.com/photos/raieducation and take a look at the London Anthropology Day 2017 Programme and the London Anthopology Day 2017 Workshops.

The 2016 event

The 13th London Anthropology Day took place on 30th June 2016. Hundreds of attendees, 21 universities, ‘Why We Post’ and ‘Frontier’ took part.. Participating universities provided a wide range of workshops which touched on topics like hunter-gatherer diets, forensics, international development, material culture and visual anthropology.  An interactive panel session on University Admissions and Careers in Anthropology included lecturers, admissions tutors and anthropology graduates working as researchers outside academia. The event was organised by Emma Ford (RAI Education & Communications Officer) in collaboration with the British Museum.  The ‘Why We Post’ research project teamed up with A Level teacher Tomislav Maric to offer a workshop specifically for Anthropology teachers. Special thanks go to Dr Ben Burt of the British Museum, Professor Lissant Bolton, Keeper in the Department if Africa, Oceania and the Americas and Paul Basu, Chair of the Education Committee at the Royal Anthropological Institute.

The 2015 event

The 12th London Anthropology Day took place on 2nd July 2015. Hundreds of attendees, 25 universities and multiple associations participated from Ireland, Wales and England. Participating universities provided workshops on human evolution, forensics, international development, material culture and visual anthropology.  An interactive panel session on University Admissions and Careers in Anthropology proved extremely popular – thanks to the lecturers and admissions tutors who offered this lively session. The event was organised jointly by Emma Ford (RAI Education & Communications Officer) and Antony Loveland and his colleagues at the British Museum.  An interactive panel session on University Admissions and Careers in Anthropology was popular– thanks to the lecturers and admissions tutors who offered this lively session. An workshop specifically for Anthropology teachers was also offered. Special thanks go to Dr Ben Burt of the British Museum, Professor Lissant Bolton, Keeper in the Department if Africa, Oceania and the Americas and Paul Basu, Chair of the Education Committee at the Royal Anthropological Institute .  To find out what the day was like, please take a look at our photo gallery: www.flickr.com/photos/raieducation .

The 2014 event

The 11th London Anthropology Day took place on 3rd July 2014. A record number of 500 participants and 31 universities and associations participated from Ireland, Wales and England making LAD 2014 the biggest LAD to date. Participating universities provided workshops on human evolution, forensics, international development, material culture and visual anthropology.  An interactive panel session on University Admissions and Careers in Anthropology proved extremely popular – thanks to the lecturers and admissions tutors who offered this lively session. The event was organised jointly by Nafisa Fera (RAI Education & Communications Officer), Gemma Aellah (RAI Research Officer) and Antony Loveland and his colleagues at the British Museum.  An interactive panel session on University Admissions and Careers in Anthropology proved extremely popular – thanks to the lecturers and admissions tutors who offered this lively session.  Special thanks go to Dr Ben Burt of the British Museum, Professor Lissant Bolton, Keeper in the Department if Africa, Oceania and the Americas and Paul Basu, Chair of the Education Committee at the Royal Anthropological Institute .  To find out what the day was like, please take a look at our photo gallery: www.flickr.com/photos/raieducation .

The 2013 event

The tenth London Anthropology Day took place on 4th July 2013. A record number of 500 participants and 24 universities participated from Wales, Ireland and England. The event has become increasingly popular to participants outside of the UK with students and teachers attending from Germany, Spain and other parts of Europe. The 2013 workshops covered a wide diversity of engaging topics such as human mate choice, dark tourism, genetic diversity and anthropology in the news. The day was organised by Nafisa Fera the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Education and Communications Officer, in collaboration with Dr. Ben Burt from the British Museum.

The 2012 event

The ninth London Anthropology Day took place on 5th July 2012. The 2012 event reached an even greater audience with over 400 participants attending the day and 22 universities from Ireland and England making the LAD 2012. Participating universities provided workshops on food cultures, genetics, rites of passage, and body modification. The day was organised by Nafisa Fera the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Education and Communications Officer, in collaboration with Dr. Ben Burt from the British Museum.

The 2011 event

The eighth London Anthropology Day took place on 14th July 2011. Over 300 participants attended the day and a record number of 20 universities participated from Wales, Ireland and England making the LAD 2011 the biggest LAD to date. Participating universities provided workshops on forensics, material culture, evolution, and visual anthropology. The day was organised by Nafisa Fera the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Education and Communications Officer, in collaboration with Dr. Ben Burt from the British Museum.

The 2010 event

The seventh London Anthropology Day took place on 8th July 2010. Over 300 participants attended the event along with seventeen universities from Wales, Ireland and England. Interactive workshops were delivered on topics ranging from international development to body adornment. The event was organised by Nafisa Fera the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Education Officer, in collaboration with Dr. Ben Burt from the British Museum.

The 2009 event

The sixth London Anthropology Day took place on 9th July 2009. A record number of over 300 participants attended the day, making it the largest LAD event to date. Sixteen universities from Wales, Ireland, and England provided workshops on human evolution, forensics, music and dance, material culture and visual anthropology. The day was organised by Nafisa Fera the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Education Officer, in collaboration with Dr. Ben Burt from the British Museum.

The 2008 event

The fifth London Anthropology Day took place on 10th July 2008. Over 250 participants attended the day, including students, teachers, career advisors, and lifelong learners. Seventeen universities from all over the UK took part in the event making it the biggest London Anthropology Day to date. The day was organised by Nafisa Fera the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)’s Education Officer, in collaboration with Dr Ben Burt from the British Museum and Susanne Hammacher from the RAI.

The day was a brilliant success, with new networks of communication and cooperation generated between teachers, universities and students. A wide range of workshops provided participants with the chance to learn about human mate choice, find out connections between music and memory, religion and images, and explore living in a different society. A special workshop and Q & A session was provided for teachers interested in being involved in the current developments for a new Anthropology A-level, which the RAI’s Education Programme is working on in collaboration with the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA).

The 2007 event

The fourth London Anthropology Day took place on 9th July 2007. Over 200 students, teachers and careers advisors attended with 16 university departments from all over the country taking part. The day was organised by Professor Chris Knight and Dr Camilla Power from the University of East London in collaboration with Dr Ben Burt from the British Museum and Gemma Jones and Susanne Hammacher from the Royal Anthropological Institute.

The day was a great success, with several universities reporting increases in applications as a result. Students were able to take part in workshops on subjects as diverse as forensic anthropology and the meaning of witchcraft in the context of HIV/AIDS. At a special workshop for teachers, Melanie Knetsch from the Economics and Social Research Council asked teachers’ opinions on social science teaching resources. Sarah Longair, the British Museum’s School’s and Young Audiences Education Officer, also ran a session on teaching with museum objects, which teachers found very beneficial.

The 2006 event

The third London Anthropology Day took place on 6th July 2006. Nearly 150 students, teachers and careers advisors attended with 13 university departments taking part. The day was organised by Professor Chris Knight and Dr Camilla Power from the University of East London in collaboration with Dr Ben Burt from the British Museum and Gemma Jones and Susanne Hammacher from the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Professor Chris Stringer from the Natural History Museum gave a special guest lecture on the early human occupation of Britain. Gemma Jones, the education officer at the Royal Anthropological Institute ran a workshop for teachers and careers advisors on initiatives to introduce anthropology to pre-university education. Students took part in workshops ranging from the anthropology of fairy tales, child labour and primate communication.