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Ceremonial items made from emu feathers returned from Manchester Museum to the Gangalidda Garawa people.

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Encounters Fellowship

  • Encounters Fellowships offer six people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain professional development in a hands-on program that includes a placement at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and experience at partner cultural institutions in Australia and the United Kingdom.
  • Successful applicants work alongside museum, gallery and cultural sector specialists, gaining behind-the-scenes experience in areas including collections research and preservation, exhibition planning, digital storytelling, educational programming, Indigenous design thinking, and project management.

Australian Government Indigenous Repatriation Program

Indigenous Repatriation Museum Grants Program

  • The Indigenous Repatriation Museum Grants Program supports the repatriation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains and secret sacred objects held in eight major Australian museums to their communities of origin.
  • Museums funded under the Program work in partnership with identified communities to return their ancestors and secret sacred objects. The Australian Government recognises the importance and cultural significance of Indigenous communities being directly involved in the process of repatriation.

Returning Photos: Australian Aboriginal Photographs from European Collection

  • The Returning Photos project presents information about historical photographs of Australian Aboriginal people held in four European Museums: The University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museumthe Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropologythe Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, and the National Museum van Wereldculturen (national museum of World Cultures) in Leiden. The project website allows users to search for photographs on a number of different criteria, such as place, cultural group, name of individual or photographer, or date. It aims to make this important heritage resources available to researchers, especially Aboriginal communities seeking to access their heritage.
  • The project welcomes information about these images, which will be added to this resources as well as advice about images and information that should be restricted or removed.

Return, Reconcile, Renew (Restoring Dignity Project)

  • Over the last two centuries, thousands of Indigenous ancestral remains have been taken from country and sent to cultural and scientific institutions worldwide. The Return, Reconcile, Renew project illuminates the subsequent repatriation of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains over the past 40 years.
  • The Return, Reconcile, Renew project will provide critical new knowledge to understand repatriation, its history and effects and will provide scholarly and public outcomes that empower community-based research and practice.
  • Due to be published in September 2019, the Return, Reconcile, Renew web resource will forge new ground in the Indigenous development of protocols for the digital archiving of, and online access to, information of high cultural sensitivity.

Collecting the West: How collections create Western Australia

The German Ethnographic Expeditions to the Kimberley, Northwest Australia

  • A Collaborative Assessment of Research History, the Interpretation of Australian Aboriginal Heritage and Digital Repatriation.

Australian Joint Copying Project – The Haddon Papers

  • The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a collection of unique historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific dating from 1560 to 1984. 
  • Records filmed by the AJCP include a diverse range of material from UK Government Departments such as the Admiralty, Home Office, Colonial Office, the Dominions Office held by The National Archives of the UK and County Record Offices as well as personal archives and manuscripts of leading politicians, explorers, scientists, religious and missionary societies, convicts and businesses held by private organisations or individuals.
  • The project to digitise the content of the AJCP microfilm will be completed by the 30th June 2020.
Last reviewed: 15 Jul 2020