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The Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has a Mexican Day of the Dead altar on display until this Sunday (November 3).

Museum of Archeology - Festival of Ideas - altar making to celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead. Picture: davidjohnsonphotographic.co.uk
Museum of Archeology - Festival of Ideas - altar making to celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead. Picture: davidjohnsonphotographic.co.uk

Curated by the Cambridge Mexican Society, this is the sixth year that the museum has featured an altar dedicated to people who have passed away, with the theme this year being immigrants and migrants.

Sarah-Jane Harknett, outreach organiser at the museum, said: “The Mexican Society decides who it is dedicated to and they also put on pictures of family members, many of whom were migrants themselves.

“They also put on empty picture frames because so many people who have died in that pursuit [migration] remain faceless and nameless.”

Sarah-Jane continued: “We put it together over one evening, and then we host family activities so people can come and make tissue paper flowers to put on the altar.

“Some people put them on in memory of someone, some want to take the flowers home and do their own altar.

"We also have someone from the Mexican Society on hand throughout the activities so there’s always someone for visitors to talk to.”



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