Manchester Museum Sends Australian Artifacts Home

By Gary Cutlack on at

The people who've been living in Australia for around 70,000 years aren't massively happy about celebrating the forthcoming 250th anniversary of their country being "discovered" by original travel influencer Captain James Cook, but there's a bit of good news coming their way as the sensitivity surrounding the Cook celebrations is encouraging the return of artifacts taken from indigenous peoples for the amusement of UK museum-goers.

Manchester Museum and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies have agreed to coordinate the return of 43 borrowed/stolen ceremonial artifacts that have been housed in the UK since the 1920s, with representatives from the Gangalidda Garawa and Nyamal Aboriginal people set to attend an official handing-over ceremony in Manchester this November. Poor them.

Gangalidda Garawa from AIATSIS said: "We congratulate Manchester Museum for their commitment to recognising the importance of repatriation for all Australians, which promotes healing and reconciliation, and ultimately fosters truth telling about our Nation's history." [Manchester Museum]