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Detail.  Daughters of the Island: the Marjorie King Collection at the Sainsbury Library.  Photo: Benjamina Dadzie

Detail. Daughters of the Island: the Marjorie King Collection at the Sainsbury Library. Photo: Benjamina Dadzie

Objects stored in archives and museum collections hold unlimited narrative possibilities, just waiting for us to find them and give them new life.

Led by the marvelously talented Rachael Minott, a group of graduate students mined an entire collection and found a small story of female agency and the development of multiple Pacific communities in an initiative that was driven exclusively by women. 

Daughters of the Island: Stories from the Marjorie King Collectionan exhibit at the Sainsbury Library of objects donated by Marjorie King to the Sainsbury Center for the Visual Arts in Norwich UK, shows us the results of this story. Other potential stories: Indigenous makers and tourism; missionary activities in the Pacific; culture as capital; technology and craft.