Natalie Tobert, medical anthropologist and lecturer worked as assistant curator at the Horniman from the early to mid 1990s. She made a number of collecting field trips to Africa, Asia and the Americas including Egypt, Sudan and the United States to collect examples of Pueblo pottery.
On behalf of the Museum made a South India pilgrimage collection during a visit to India from November 1994 to January 1995, sponsored by the Nehru Trust. The objects collected were later used in a temporary exhibition at the Horniman, Sacred Lands:Devoted Lives. Hinduism and Daily Life in South India.