The British Museum

A little while ago, we went round the British Museum and were impressed by the work which had been done during the first lockdown to address the battleground of provenance, with new labelling and some new displays, including taking the bust of Hans Sloane off its pedestal and putting it in a prominent cabinet, surrounded by information about his tacit complicity in slavery. Far from being shocked by this, as some critics have been, I thought it was an entirely sensible, and probably long overdue, acknowledgment of the deep public interest in how, when and where historic artefacts and antiquities were acquired:-


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