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A turning point: New Zealand museums grapple with return of stolen Māori remains

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Nel 2009, Āwhina Twomey received a phone call from a friend and member of her Rangitāne o Wairau iwi (tribe), asking if she could be in the South Island by 4am the following Saturday. She baulked at the early start, bu...

Britain’s five best museums – featuring space ports, Covid jabs and free dinners

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‘Albert Hirst’s pies were legendary,” recalls Ian McMillan, the poet known as the Bard of Barnsley. He’s talking about his favourite exhibit at Experience Barnsley: a carrier bag for the long defunct butchers. “Person...

Community museums shortlisted for UK’s most lucrative arts prize

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Five museums which excelled in staying connected with communities through the pandemic, whether that was offering virtual trips to the pub or artist-led activity packs, have been shortlisted for the UK’s most lucrativ...

How did Osborne, king of cuts, become the British Museum’s fundraiser-in-chief?

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George Osborne’s appointment as chair of the British Museum trustees has caused an understandable outcry. That the chancellor responsible for a 30% cut over the past decade to its funding should become its leader is a...

V&A museum’s new 20th and 21st Century gallery is refitted for the social justice era

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A novembre 2019, dopo quasi 30 anni, the V&A’s 20th Century gallery closed its doors. Split across the same two rooms that blend into the National Art Library, the ambition was to reopen having found a way to ...

10 of Britain’s best small museums, chosen by readers

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Somerset is saddled with stereotypes: cider, cheddar cheese and yokels who say ooh-arhh a lot. Few people know that for more than 250 years it was the centre of an advanced and highly mechanised coal industry covering...

Decolonising museums isn’t part of a ‘culture war’. It’s about keeping them relevant

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The dead don’t bury themselves. This is one of the first lessons that every student of archaeology must learn. A grave is never evidence of some Pompeii moment, a freeze-frame of someone as they were in life. It shows...

Superiore 10 books about museums

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Museums are the perfect backdrops for fiction of pretty much any kind. Archives of the past, repositories of secrets, windows on to worlds and people long disappeared: museums are storehouses of stories. Cursed horror...

Regional museums break ranks with UK government on return of Benin bronzes

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Regional UK museums could lead a wave of repatriations of disputed Benin bronzes – most of them looted by British forces in 1897 – in defiance of the British government’s stance that institutions should “retain and ex...

Berlin’s plan to return Benin bronzes piles pressure on UK museums

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Berlin is negotiating to fully restitute hundreds of the Benin bronzes in a shift of policy that has been welcomed in Nigeria but will put pressure on museums in London and Oxford to also return artefacts looted by Br...