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Jacob Nii Marley

Leventis Digital Resource Centre for African Studies, University of Ghana

Technical Assistant

Country: Ghana


Jacob is a graduate student at the University of Ghana and he works as a technical assistant with the Museum of Archaeology. As part of his graduate project, Jacob curated an exhibition entitled Evolution of Music in Ghana held at the Museum of Archaeology in November 2018. At the Museum, his work include assisting with photography and creating 3D models of objects. Using his visual communication skills, he also enhances the aesthetics of exhibitions with graphic design to make them more appealing to visitors.

Jacob is interested in the digitisation of collections and the management of digital data. He also has a keen interest in the use of sound in exhibitions and how it can enhance the museum experience. He is currently working on his MA dissertation Kpa Music As A Medium of Social Resistance Among the La which was inspired by the outcome of the exhibition he curated in 2018.

At the British Museum

During his time on the International Training Programme Jacob was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and his partner placement was spent at Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums in Newcastle.

Jacob worked with Vishi Upadhyay (India) on his Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled Lion’s Journey.

Jacob’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Aall Foundation.

Continued Dialogue
Jacob is working as a research assistant on a British Museum Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP) project in Ghana. The title of the project is Indigenous Gold and Silver Forging in Kumasi, Ghana. This project is to research and document how the natural minerals are processed using indigenous techniques and tools.

Legacy Projects

In 2020, Jacob attended the International Training Programme’s series of online subject specialist sessions. Jacob attended:
Egyptology in Lockdown: Connecting collections with isolated people
International Copyright and Artist’s Rights
Skill-Sharing Workshop: Interpretation and Label Writing
Socio-economic Impact Assessment for Heritage: Why Do We Need to Learn This?
Circulating Artefacts (CircArt): A global platform against the looting and trafficking of cultural property