AN exhibition on Fijian artefacts in England, Chiefs and Governors, hopes to bring about a "better and more sophisticated" understanding of Fiji and its history.
Project director Prof Steven Hooper told this newspaper the exhibition had generated a lot of interest since it opened in June at the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
"There were 250 people at the opening and since then there have been a lot of visitors to the exhibition," he said.
He said the project had sparked a lot of interest from the Fijian community in England. He said the Cambridge collection came mainly from the early colonial period of the 1870s-1890s, many of which were given to Fiji's first governor, Sir Arthur Gordon.
It is important, he said, for Fijians to know that many things made by Fijians were exchanged as gifts in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Prof Hooper is in Fiji as part of preparations for a bigger exhibition in England. He is also planning to travel around Europe.
"Part of our project is we want people in Europe to have a much more sophisticated understanding of Fiji as a place, and Fijian history," he said.
He added the Fiji Museum was "probably the best collection of Fijian artefacts in the world".
Prof Hooper spent two years from 1977 on Kabara Island in Lau, where he learnt about aspects of Fijian culture.