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news from February 2002

February 21

Hand back the loot
The Guardian by Isabel Hilton 21 February 2002

Many museums are returning their ill-gotten gains. Why can't the British Museum do the same for Ethiopia?

February 09

Ethiopia hails return of sacred artefact
BBC 9 February 2002

Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians have packed the streets of Addis Ababa to welcome home an ancient Ethiopian relic looted by British troops more than 130 years ago. The 400-year-old "tabot" - a replica of the Ark of the Covenant - was found in a Scottish Church in December.

February 05

The Elgin marbles should stay
The Guardian by Alan Howarth 5 February 2002

"To take them from our museum would impoverish the world"

February 01

Cultural Restitution by Isabel Hilton
BBC Radio 3 Nightwaves: Undercurrents 1 February 2002

What does it mean to possess an object? Is it just a thing - perhaps a thing with its own beauty - or it its story embedded in the object itself. And if that story is one of conquest, of looting or violent dispossession, what is the importance of that story to those in possession of the object? These questions lie at the heart of one of the most contentious debates in today's cultural world. Should the treasures that are housed in the West's museums be returned to their countries of origin when those countries ask for them? What are the practical and moral problems of restitution and what does it mean for those who recover them and for those who give them up.
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