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Public Lecture: Repatriation and Return of Cultural Heritage: AIATSIS

15 Nov 2019

Manchester Museum will host the event on Wednesday, 20 November, from 6pm until 7.30pm

Repatriation and Return of Cultural Heritage

Hear the experiences of Traditional Owners from the Gangalidda Garawa Nation and representatives from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Studies (AIATSIS) at a public talk at Manchester Museum. They will provide an introduction to the Return of Cultural Heritage Project and reflect on the process and its importance to Indigenous communities.

Often the narrative surrounding repatriation explores loss  The focus for this event is on the new understanding, insights and perspectives we might gain when museums like Manchester Museum show a commitment to healing and care.  

This follows Manchester Museum's announcement on 4 October 2019 that it would unconditionally return 43 items from its collection to four Aboriginal communities. The delegation's purpose of visit is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Manchester Museum and participate in a landmark and moving handover ceremony at Australia House, London.

This signifies the official return of 18 culturally significant items from Manchester Museum, to the Gangalidda Garawa people of the Queensland Gulf Country and the Nyamal people of the inland Pilbara, Western Australia. A further handover ceremony for the Aranda people of Central Australia and the Yawuru people of the western Kimberley will be held in late February 2020.

We hope you can join us for the unique opportunity to meet and hear from Traditional Owners from the Gangalidda Garawa Nation and AIATSIS.