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The British Museum's collection

The British Museum's collection

The British Museum.
The British Museum. Photo: Ian Coates.

The British Museum’s collection is one of the most important holdings of Australian Indigenous material, outside Australia.

It has been assembled over 240 years, beginning with material collected at Botany Bay in 1770, during James Cook’s first Pacific voyage, and including contemporary material more recently acquired.

In addition to rare and precious objects, it includes photographs and artworks as well as correspondence detailing interactions between British collectors and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia.

The British Museum collection online can be searched on the British Museum website.