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 on display were selected to explain how such colonial relationships contributed to the collections of the British Museum. With culturally significant carvings and historical photographs, the display presented 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 visited several galleries in the Museum, presenting colonial histories of 15 objects from Africa, Asia, North America and Oceania, aiding discussions on how they came to the British Museum.
These displays were made possible by the support of The Asahi Shimbun Company, longstanding corporate sponsors of the British Museum. The Asahi Shimbun is a Japanese leading newspaper and the company also provides a substantial information service via the internet. The company has a century-long tradition of philanthropic support, notably staging key exhibitions in Japan on art, culture and history from around the world. In addition to the Asahi Shimbun Displays, The Asahi Shimbun Company is a committed supporter of the British Museum touring exhibition programme in Japan, and funder of The Asahi Shimbun Gallery of Amaravati sculpture in Room 33a.