Despite the British Museum’s active participation in work towards restitution, the current display and captioning fail to be forthright or responsible.
What to Make of Nero?
An exhibition takes on the notorious Roman emperor, from gleaming marble to roaring flames.
Toga-clad Activists Crashed British Museum’s Reopening to Protest Oil Sponsorship
BP or Not BP? activists staged a protest against Big Oil sponsorship at the British Museum and Science Museum this weekend.
A Rare, Looted Statue of a Greek Goddess Has Been Returned to Libya
The 2,000-year-old statue, believed to depict Persephone, is impeccably preserved.
At British Museum, a Promising But Flawed Start to Grappling With Colonialism
“Empire and Collecting,” a new self-guided tour, reflects an attempt to help visitors understand the colonial origins of the collection.
The British Museum Isn’t Doing Enough to Fight Illegal Antiquities Trafficking
While the museum presents its attempt to identify trafficked antiquities as an altruistic enterprise, its policing of the antiquities market also distracts from its historic role in acquiring looted objects.
Climate Activists Crash Arctic Exhibition at British Museum to Protest Oil Funding
BP or not BP? staged the demonstration as part of a day of action convened by the Alaskan Indigenous organizations Defend the Sacred AK and Native Movement.
British Museum Will Move Bust of its Founding Donor, a Colonialist and Slaveowner
Sir Hans Sloane’s bust will be moved from prominent display to a secure cabinet alongside artifacts explaining his work in the context of the British empire.
Addressing the British Museum’s Colonial History and Hollow Solidarity With Black Lives
“I am disappointed that it took the death of an unarmed Black man for you to join the conversation about the colonial past and present of the British Museum,” says Bayryam Mustafa Bayryamali in a letter addressed to director Hartwig Fischer.
Anti-Oil Activists Stage Largest Protest Yet at British Museum, With Trojan Horse in Tow
Hundreds of activists occupied the British Museum for a protest lasting over two days straight, coinciding with the BP-sponsored exhibition Troy: Myth and Reality.
Two Treasure Hunters Headed to Jail After Concealing Their Discovery of Viking Treasure Trove
The metal detector enthusiasts, along with two coin dealers who assisted in selling the concealed find, have all been sentenced to up to 10 years in jail. The collection is worth an estimated $15.4 million.
When the West Dreamt of Odalisques
Inspired by the East: How the Islamic World Influenced Western Art is a giant teaching aid of a fairly solid and dependable kind, but one that does not quite push far enough.