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Old objects, new stories

The exhibition

Old objects, new stories

The exhibition at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra will feature rare, early Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the collections of the British Museum. These will be displayed alongside contemporary objects, representing the cultural vitality and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage in the 21st century.

This is an important opportunity for the museums and communities to share stories about these objects and their histories. This work is opening up a dialogue about the encounters that occurred between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and British explorers and settlers. The exhibition will include short films and interviews with community members speaking about the collection.

Bicornual basket

Bicornual basket, unknown maker
Cairns region, Queensland, 1890s
Oc1933,0403.57, British Museum catalogue entry
Image courtesy British Museum

Bicornual basket.
Bicornual basket made by Abe Muriata
Cardwell, Queensland, 2012
National Museum of Australia