Marion Wallace

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Lead Curator, African Collections
History of Africa, especially the history of Nambia
Related Offices
Committee member, SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa); Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Southern African Studies

Dr Marion Wallace is Lead Curator, African Collections at the British Library. In 2015, she co-curated the British Library’s major exhibition ‘West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song’. Her research interests centre on the history of Namibia, and she has also written on subjects including West African history and the impact of the digital revolution on African Studies. 

She was Chair of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) 2011–2014, and a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Endangered Archives Programme 2012–2017.


  • Gus Casely-Hayford, Janet Topp Fargion and Marion Wallace (eds), West Africa: word, symbol, song (Boston Spa: British Library, 2015)
  • Marion Wallace, ‘Personal circuits: official tours and South Africa's colony’, Journal of southern African studies, 41, 3 (2015), 635-652
  • Terry Barringer and Marion Wallace (eds), African studies in the digital age: DisConnects? (Leiden: Brill, 2014)
  • Marion Wallace with John Kinahan, A history of Namibia from the beginning to 1990 (London: Hurst, 2011)



Historical and contemporary material for the study of Africa

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