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14 July Annual Lecture: The Encounters exhibition - the view from the inside

The Encounters exhibition – the view from inside

In late November 2015 the National Museum of Australia opened Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum. It was the culmination of a rich four-year long collaboration between the National Museum, the British Museum and people from 27 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. It included extensive research in London and on-the-ground work in communities from Tasmania to the Torres Strait and from Cairns to the Kimberley. 
It resulted in an award-winning exhibition featured 150 Indigenous objects from the British Museum, all but one publicly displayed in Australia for the first time since their collection. More than 96,000 people visited the exhibition before it closed in March 2016.

In this lecture, Dr Ian Coates, Head of Collections Development at the National Museum and co-Lead Curator of Encounters, will recount some of the stories behind the making of the exhibition and its legacies for the future.

Details:  5.30pm for 6pm start   Thursday 14 July
Location:  Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia
Cost:  $5 members $10 non members (refreshments included)

Bookings: online through Eventbrite  or at the door on the night

Enquiries:  or telephone Annette Mills C/o the State Library of SA on 8207 7353

The History Council of South Australia has partnered with the National Museum of Australia to bring this lecture to Adelaide.


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