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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Encounters is the result of a remarkable project involving the National Museum of Australia, the British Museum, and 27 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities around the nation. 

The associated Engaging Objects research project was undertaken by the National Museum, the British Museum and the Australian National University, supported by the Australian Research Council.

The Museum wishes to thank the following partners, supporters and donors for their generosity in assisting us in presenting Encounters:

Partnership logos: The British Museum. Presenting partner: Visit Canberra. Accommodation partner: QT Canberra. Government partners: National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, International Exhibitions Insurance Program, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Media partners: The Australian, The Canberra Times, Prime 7, History|Foxtel. Program supporter: Sidney Myer Fund. Wine sponsor: Capital Wines.