The items in this part of the collection come from a wide range of locations in western, eastern and southern Africa. They mostly date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the types of objects include weapons, domestic and ceremonial items, musical instruments and personal items such as jewellery.
This collection mainly documents the activities of people from the Inverclyde area during the era of colonialism in Africa. It includes a collection of ironwork from West Africa and items from the battlefield of Isandlhuana, the great battle between the Zulus and the British Army. Other items of interest include a manuscript from Ethiopia and ceremonial adzes of the Tiv people of northern Nigeria.