New book explores Indigenous Australian collections in museums across the UK for first time

New book explores Indigenous Australian collections in museums across the UK for first time

Museums across Great Britain and Ireland hold Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage of exceptional value. Until now these collections have been largely unknown, rarely seen and sometimes misunderstood. A major new book published by the British Museum on 2 September, Ancestors, artefacts, empire: Indigenous Australia in British and Irish Museums explores nearly 160 artefacts selected from over 30 public museums. New high-resolution photographs are paired alongside text by twenty-two Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian and international experts. This landmark publication, the product of years of research, presents a multi-stranded narrative and interdisciplinary scholarship that reveals new insights into Britain’s Australian history as much as Australia’s British history. Gifted, sold, exchanged and bartered by Indigenous Australian people, and accepted,
Museums across Great Britain and Ireland hold Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage of exceptional value. Until now these collections have been largely unknown, rarely seen and sometimes misunderstood. A major new book published by the British Museum on 2 September, Ancestors, artefacts, empire: Indigenous Australia in British and Irish Museums explores nearly 160 artefacts selected from over 30 public museums. New high-resolution photographs are paired alongside text by twenty-two Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian and international experts. This landmark publication, the product of years of research, presents a multi-stranded narrative and interdisciplinary scholarship that reveals new insights into Britain’s Australian history as much as Australia’s British history. Gifted, sold, exchanged and bartered by Indigenous Australian people, and accepted,