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About the project

Encounters

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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

June Oscar
Interviewing Bunuba elder June Oscar, Broome, Western Australia, May 2013. Photo: Michael Pickering.

Background

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.

Exhibitions

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.

More on the exhibition at the National Museum

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.

More on the exhibition at the British Museum

Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum discusses the exhibitions