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Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum featured rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum.

This groundbreaking exhibition revealed the voices, emotions and stories connected to these powerful objects. Encounters was on show from 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016.

Explore the objects

Discover some of the powerful objects included in Encounters which connect us to the histories of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Explore more on Encounters

Background Discover how engagement with 27 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities was central to the project.
Places Learn where the Australian Indigenous objects in the British Museum’s collection came from.
Encounters films Indigenous Australians share their stories and knowledge about the objects in the Encounters exhibition.
Blog Go behind the scenes on the Encounters exhibition and discover the stories behind the stories.
New Encounters conference Explore critical issues and ideas about Indigenous communities, historical collections and museums.
Encounters Fellowships Gain professional development in a hands-on program working alongside museum, gallery and cultural sector specialists.

Unsettled: Stories Within

Explore the work of five leading Indigenous Australian artists who responded to Encounters in this companion exhibition.

Education resource Teach and learn about Indigenous history and culture through our free classroom resource.
Indigenous Defining Moments Explore key defining moments in Australia's Indigenous history.
Encounters catalogue Browse the Encounters catalogue, published to accompany this groundbreaking exhibition.

Acknowledgements

Presented by
Logo for the British Museum.  
Presenting partner
Logo for CBR Canberrra and Visit Canberra.    
Accommodation partner
Logo for QT Canberra.   
Government partners
NCITO  AGIEI logoLogo for Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
Media partners
The Australian.  Canberra Times 

Program supporter
Logo for Sidney Myer Fund.  
Wine supporter
Logo for Capital Wines. 

Image: Galamba (spear) with point made from a horseshoe, 2006, by Nuggit Gooditt, Ngarinyin people, Gibb River station, Kimberley, 265.5 x 3 cm. Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre. National Museum of Australia

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