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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 at the National Museum of Australia from 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016.

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.
Indigenous cultures and contact history

Check out our free online Encounters classroom resource, supporting teaching and learning about Indigenous history and culture.

Indigenous Defining Moments

Explore key events in Australian history or contribute your own.


Presenting partners
Logo for the British Museum.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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