Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects in the British Museum
The British Museum's collection of nearly 6,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects is one of the most important outside of Australia. It includes material collected during James Cook's visit to Botany Bay in 1770.
It also includes extensive objects, photographs, artworks, and correspondence detailing interactions between British collectors and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia.
The British Museum collection of more than 3,500,000 objects can be searched on the British Museum website.
The British Museum’s exhibition, Indigenous Australia – Enduring Civilisation, was on show at the British Museum from 23 April to 2 August 2015. More about Indigenous Australia – Enduring Civilisation on the British Museum website
The Encounters exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.