We are committed to taking a respectful and open approach to collections we hold and to ensuring that the cultural meaning and context of these collections is reflected in how we develop, manage and present them.
We know that there are items in the collections that may be of particular value and importance to Indigenous, First Nations, Native American, Aboriginal and other marginalised local communities who have been excluded and written out of the record through colonial processes of documentation and record-keeping.
We support the Local Contexts initiative, an online platform enabling reciprocal curation workflows for Indigenous collections. Local Contexts provides a suite of community-driven tools and labels for building Indigenous knowledge into the public historical record and for recognising Indigenous cultural authority over how such collections are shared, accessed and used.
We are using the Local Contexts ‘Open to Collaborate’ notice as a first step towards building relationships of trust and collaboration with Indigenous communities. We have applied ‘Attribution Incomplete’ notices to several items from our collection for which our catalogue data needs to be corrected or updated. You can find out more about these items, and collaborate or engage with us if you hold information about them, through the Local Contexts Hub.