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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
About the project
These objects and stories are part of who we are ... they have a life and they have a history.
June Oscar, Bunuba elder, 2013
Encounters is a collaborative project between the National Museum of Australia, the British Museum, the Australian National University and a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.
Community engagement is central to the project. In the past seven years, staff from the National Museum and the British Museum have worked with 27 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia.
The project generated two closely related exhibitions featuring highlights from the extraordinary collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects held at the British Museum.
National Museum, Canberra
The exhibition, Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum, was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016.
British Museum, London
Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation was on show at the British Museum in London from 23 April 2015 to 2 August 2015. It was launched by the exhibition’s patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.