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Lily Withycombe

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Lily Withycombe

Lily Withycombe

Position: Curator

Interests: Archaeology, topography and landscape, ancient religions and cosmologies, rock art, history of museum collections

What do you like about working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program?

I love working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program because it gives me the opportunity to contribute towards the Encounters project and its exhibition. I began working for the program by transcribing some filmed interviews with community members throughout Australia. The courage and generosity displayed by so many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in telling their stories transformed my task into a very moving experience.

In my present position as a curator, I have seen how these individual stories may be woven into a larger narrative exploring the complex relationship between indigenous Australia and British colonisation. The Encounters exhibition, built around these stories, will reveal a history that has never before been told on such a scale to the general public. It will showcase Aboriginal objects that have not been seen in Australia since the time of their collection. I am already excited at the prospect of seeing some of the Aboriginal objects currently held in the British Museum, and which have inspired so much reflection and research, arrive in Canberra in November 2015.

My experience working in with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program has been profoundly rewarding and I am grateful to work in such a supportive and stimulating environment alongside inspiring colleagues.


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