The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Collecting histories
Solomon Islands

20 June – 1 September 2019


Room 3



Recommend this exhibition

Figure of an ancestor, wood with pearlshell inlay, Solomon Islands, 1890s.

The arrival of Europeans in Solomon Islands and colonisation by Britain from the late 19th century transformed life on this Pacific islands country. The artefacts and historical photographs in this display have been selected to explain how such colonial relationships contributed to the collections of the British Museum. With culturally significant carvings and historical photographs, the display presents the stories behind objects in the Museum collection.

Now an independent country of six large and many small islands, Solomon Islands is home to about 80 ethnic groups whose distinctive cultures are represented in many colonial collections around the world.

A related Collecting Histories trail visits several galleries in the Museum, presenting colonial histories of 15 objects from Africa, Asia, North America and Oceania and discusses how they came to the British Museum. Information on the trail is available to pick up from the Information Desk in the Great Court.