Dr Sarah Longair received her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London, in 2012 with a thesis entitled: ‘“A Gracious Temple of Learning”: the Museum and Colonial Culture in Zanzibar 1900 – 1945’. She recently co-edited Curating Empire: Museums and the British Imperial Experience for Manchester University Press and a special issue of the Museums History Journal on ‘Shifting interpretations of empire’. In her talks and publications she explores how the collection and curation of material culture in the Indian Ocean world reveal insights into the colonial encounter in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She works full time in education at the British Museum. She is currently Secretary of the Museums and Galleries History Group and an Associate of the AHRC Medieval Indian Ocean research network.