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Research project: Engaging Objects

Research project: Engaging Objects

Henrietta Marrie
Henrietta Marrie, Yidinji Elder, reviews content for Encounters, 2012. Photo: Mike Pickering.

A key part of the Encounters project is the allied 'Engaging Objects' research project. This is a collaboration between the National Museum of Australia, the British Museum and the Australian National University, with the support of the Australian Research Council.

The project offers a unique opportunity to research and document the ways in which museums can work with Indigenous communities to develop innovative and collaborative exhibitions.

The 'Engaging Objects' research collaboration aims to:

  • provide opportunities for Indigenous artists, performers and scholars to work with the British Museum’s collection
  • examine and document the exhibition-making process
  • provide a best-practice example of museums working collaboratively with Indigenous communities.

The 'Engaging Objects' international research team comprises:

  • Professor Howard Morphy, Dr Maria Nugent and Dr John Carty from the Australian National University
  • Dr Lissant Bolton from the British Museum
  • Dr Ian Coates and Dr Michael Pickering from the National Museum of Australia.

The Australian Research Council is contributing $525,000 to the research component of the Encounters project.

For further information visit the Engaging Objects 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.

Australian Government National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program