A little piece of Yass aboriginal history will soon be on display in the National Museum of Australia and stories about how Yass aboriginal people lived will be taken to the British Museum in London.
Jonathan King, a Keeper at the British Museum, spent a wonderful, fantastic day in Yass last week, in the company of Elder Eric Bell and two members of staff from the National Museum of Australia, Karolina Kilian and Jay Arthur. Both women work in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander section of the Canberra museum.
Mr King is Keeper of material relating to indigenous people in Africa, Oceania and the Americas. This was the first time he had visited Australia, and his visit encompassed several missions involving his work at the British Museum. One aim related to a project linked to the National Museum of Australia, which is in the preliminary stages of collaborative research and an exhibition project, working with the British Museum on early Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander museum collections. The project is one of the national Museum’s partnerships with international museums. His final project, which will take place this week, is to pack up the Charles Darwin exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney for its return to London.