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History of African hair at Cambridge museums

Hair comb made of bamboo, palm leaf,  and cotton thread from Malawi
Hair comb made of bamboo, palm leaf, and cotton thread from Malawi Credit: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

A museum in Cambridge is installing a barber's shop as part of a contemporary art installation.

The display is part of the Origins of the Afro Comb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The exhibition follows the history of the Afro Comb and black hair from ancient Egypt to the present day. It runs from 2 July to 3 November 2013

Battle to keep Egyptian statue in Northamptonshire

Northampton Borough Council wants to sell the Egyptian statue
Northampton Borough Council wants to sell the Egyptian statue Credit: ITV Anglia

A group has been set up to fight the sale of an ancient Egyptian statue by Northampton Borough Council. The statue which dates back to 2400 BC, was brought to the county in the middle of the 19th century.

The council says the two million pound million object is not a "key part" of Northampton's heritage and will use money from the sale for museum services. But the Save Sekhemka Action Group hopes to prevent the sale.

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Nelson artefacts stolen

Security has been stepped up at Norwich Castle Museum after a number of items celebrating the life of the Norfolk naval hero Lord Nelson were taken.

The news comes at a time the museum's displaying an Italian masterpiece worth £100 million.

Police are reviewing CCTV and the National Security Adviser for the Arts Council is reviewing the museum's security arrangements.

The theft was noticed by an off-duty police officer who saw the cabinet which housed the objects had been tampered with.

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