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BBC historian suggests the British Museum should have a 'Supermarket Sweep' where every country has two minutes to take back their artifacts
The British Museum should have a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ where countries have two minutes to take back their artifacts, a BBC historian has suggested.
David Olusoga said there was a ‘moral imperative’ for relics to be returned and that it could help our relationship with the Commonwealth after Brexit.
Born in Nigeria, he said he felt strongly that the Benin Bronzes should be given back to the country of his heritage after they were seized in ‘violent raids’ in the late 19th century.
Lord Muckington, England, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Let's give him back to Nigeria.
SaxonPagan, Auckland, New Zealand, 7 hours ago
It's amazing how many people want to live in England and then start insulting the countries history. The Nigerian chappy would obviously feel better going home and to be honest taking those trinkets with him would be no great loss.
Stukeley, Devizes, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
I can't watch this cultural marxist, they should take him back
Bob the Scout, Far far from here, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
It's a bit like saying he should hand his house in London back to the family of the person who owned it 50 years ago as they didn't realise it was going to be worth a fortune when they sold it. If he does that only then would he not be a hypocrite.
Gimpy, North Yorks, United Kingdom, 17 hours ago
How do you know these items were NOT sold?
ShireView, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, 16 hours ago
99% of all items in British Museums were bought. Like the Elgin Marbles were bought by the British Government.
Stanley road, The North, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
If they were not takem they wouldn't be in existence now.
Dave, Britain, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Nigeria, most dishonest population on the planet.
Lord Muckington, England, United Kingdom, 16 hours ago
A friend of mine lived in Nigeria as a child because his father's work to him over there....They were once driving down the road, got pulled over and robbed.......BY THE POLICE!
James, Surrey, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
Only northern Nigeria. The Biafra region has friendly people.
ATer, Sittingbourne, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Who pays this idiot?
TiswasKid, Brighton, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
MatthewOC, London, 14 hours ago
I don't want to pay for this man anymore, is there a petition?
MARCUS, LONDON UK, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Another one of these leftist loony's who wants to whitewash history. If we BRITISH had not found most of these "treasures", restored them, secured them and preserved them for the future, most of these exhibits would no longer exist and so would be lost to man kind forever !!! Just look what ISIS did with over 1000 year history in a matter of weeks !!!
Tiredofnumties, Suffolk, United Kingdom, 18 hours ago
Look at the state of most of the old colonial countries. There wasn't just just British (although you would think we were the only 'oppressors' the way the Left go on) , colonies but French, Dutch and German ones. A lot of the items were bought, some taken as the spoils of war - just like all nations have done since the dawn of time. Giving back anything like this is just a recipe for disaster as the items will disappear as soon as they touch the soil.
Andrea, buckingahm, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Would this apply to the artefacts that other countries have taken over the course of millennia? Or just Britain? Should the Italians give back their plundered loot when they had a Roman Empire, or the Germans could repay all the countries they looted in WWII. Then there's the Spanish and Portuguese, ship loads of gold, silver, precious antiquities taken back to Spain. Russia could return what its stolen, the Nordic Viking countries could return what they took. China, Japan, Korea - the list is endless.
Dastardly, Chingford, United Kingdom, 19 hours ago
Id like to see the Benin Bronzes returned as well...along with a few hundred thousand of the people who hail from the same country.
Pedro in Spain, Granada, 19 hours ago
Here we go again! The elkgin marbles were legally purchaced by lord elgin from the government of Athens. He then sold them to the British museum where they have remained. If he had not done this the ruins of the parthenon would have been crushed and used as gravle to build an avenye through Athens! So they are legally in the museum. Much of the rest of the exhibits have come in a similar way being saved from destruction either jus vandalism or to reuse the materials. The Benin Broinzes were destined to become cartridge cases!
Jen, Cambridge, 18 hours ago
No, they were NOT "legally" purchased.
Pedro in Spain, Granada, 15 hours ago
Oh yes they were. The licence to collect archeological remains in Athens is in the public records office, as are the bill of sale from the mayor of Athens and the bill of sale to the British Museum. The contract was that Lord Bruce could extract marble from the parthenon and exchhange it for the same weight in good quality gravel for road building. 200 years later this is still true despite lots of whinging from some people.
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