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Patricia Allan

Brief Biography

Glasgow Museums Staff, Curator, 2002 -


Curator of World Cultures


Patricia Allan has been Curator of World Cultures since 2002. Her remit covers non-European art and history, and includes Africa, Oceania (Pacific regions), the Americas, the Caribbean, South Asia and South East Asia.

Patricia graduated with an Honours degree in Biology from the University of Aberdeen, a Postgraduate Masters degree in Archaeology and Anthropology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from The University of Sheffield. She has worked on archaeological sites throughout the world as an ethnobotanist, principally on the Southern Coast of Ecuador where she was field director and environmentalist for a multidisciplinary research project and museum.

Patricia's research interests include international repatriation, indigenous cultures and heritage, post and pre-colonial art and history, and contemporary folk and tribal art of Northern India and South America. Patricia has undertaken field research for Glasgow Museums on projects in Northern India, Australia and Ecuador. She has supervised international repatriations and was a member of the Museums Galleries Scotland's working group that produced the current guidelines on the Care of Human Remains in Scottish Museums. Patricia is heavily involved with local and international community engagement and has worked on many events such as Mithi: Our Asian Roots, Afr-I-can and Celebrating Africa, as well as the craft elements of Glasgow Mela for 10 years. She works proactively to ensure that the cultural stakeholders of non-European histories, art and artistic practices represented in the collections are given equal voice and the platform to tell their own histories in the way of their choosing through displays such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum's African Style, Ancient Tea Horse Road, Life in the Rainforest Object Cinema, Survival and the Land and Tramway's Pehchaan: Art from Another India.


Mexico and Central America Curator

Caribbean Curator

Central India Curator

Burma Curator

Bangladesh Curator

Sicán-Lambayeque Civilization Curator

Eastern Woodlands of North America Curator

North West Pacific Coast of North America Curator

North American Plains of North America Curator

South Western Coast of North America Curator

Australasia Curator

Melanesia Curator

Coins and Medals Curator

Ancient Andean Civilizations Curator

Africa Curator

South Asia Indian Subcontinent Curator

South East Asia Curator

Central and South America Curator

Oceania Curator

North America Curator

World Cultures Curator

World Art Curator

Human History Curator

Ancient Civilizations Curator

Micronesia Curator

South Africa Curator

Lima Civilization Curator

Arctic and Sub-Arctic Curator

Polynesia Curator

Moche Civilization Curator

Recuay Civilization Curator

Nasca Civilization Curator

Nepal Curator

Chimú Civilization Curator

Huari Civilization Curator

Chimu-Inca Civilization Curator

Chancay Civilization Curator

Indonesia Curator

Malaysia Curator

Ica-Chincha Civilization Curator

Southern India Curator

Northern India Curator

Pakistan Curator

Tibet Curator

Sri Lanka Curator

Southern Cone Curator

Amazon Curator

Andes Curator

Central Africa Curator

East Africa Curator

West Africa Curator

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