UNESCO and cultural heritage practice in Australia in the 1950s: The international touring exhibition Australian Aboriginal Culture, 1948-55

Jonathan Sweet


This article investigates aspects of the production, dissemination and consumption of UNESCO's first international touring exhibition, Australian Aboriginal Culture, in order to explore the relationship between UNESCO and Australia in the development of a key cultural heritage program. It argues that the exhibition indicates a national and international spirit of universalism that attempted to address crosscultural ignorance in a period of post-war optimism.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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