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Exhibition: Far Side of the World - Torquay's Fijian Connection

Date: 2 October 2021 - 26 March 2022

In a time of limited travel, be transported to the far side of the world and learn about the fascinating history, traditions and crafts of Fiji. Discover Torquay’s links to these remote pacific islands through the Museum's rich collection of objects, and the stories of the collectors who brought them to Torquay.

This Museum’s important collection of art and artefacts from 19th century Fiji were left by three collectors, who had all worked in the colony: Adolph Brewster, Arthur Ogilvie and the Hon. Charles Swayne. Despite having no previous connection to Torquay, two of these men retired to the palm-filled seaside town, and all three left their significant collections to the Museum. Perhaps the 'palms' and 'undulating land' mentioned by a visiting Fijian official in the early twentieth century reminded them of life in their former home.

This exhibition is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of The Fijian Art Research Project in conjunction with the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) at the University of Cambridge.


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