Australian High Commission
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Australia House, London

UK/Australia Season 2021-22

About UK/Australia Season 2021-22

The UK/Australia Season is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the Royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen.  The Season highlights the breadth of partnership between Australia and the UK, and aims to deepen and extend cultural connections. The Season commences in September 2021, concluding in March 2022 in Australia and in December 2022 in the UK. The theme ‘Who Are We Now?’ will reflect on our history, explore our current relationship, and imagine our future together.  The Season will feature programming for all ages, and will celebrate the diversity of cultures and languages in both countries. It will emphasise Australia’s First Nations voices, enable cultural exchange with Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, and celebrate the diverse societies that have emerged in both Australia and the UK through migration.


Ancestors, artefacts, empire: Indigenous Australia in British and Irish museums

Museums across Great Britain and Ireland hold Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (collectively referred to as ‘Indigenous’) cultural heritage of exceptional value, but which is largely unknown, rarely seen and poorly understood.  A major new book published by the British Museum launching on 2 September 2021, Ancestors, artefacts, empire : Indigenous Australia in British and Irish museums explores nearly 160 artefacts selected from over 30 public museums, paired alongside text by twenty-two Indigenous, Australian and international experts. This landmark publication, the product of ten years of research, presents a multi-stranded narrative and interdisciplinary scholarship that opens up vistas on Britain’s Australian history as much as Australia’s British history. The book is edited by: Dr Gaye Sculthorpe, Curator and Section Head,  Oceania, The British Museum; Dr Maria Nugent, historian and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University; Professor Howard Morphy, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the Australian National University.