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British Museum



  • The British Museum’s “Looting” Problem

    by Josephine Livingstone

    The venerable museum has "given back" some stolen Iraqi antiquities, but that does not mean it's ready to atone for its colonial-era sins.



  • German Art Historian to Head the British Museum

    Art historian Hartwig Fischer to take charge at the London musuem – second-most visited in the world after the Louvre in Paris and most popular visitor attraction in Britain



  • Egyptian mummies: Science or sacrilege?

    By cutting open the mummies, scholars and collectors destroyed the fragile layers of embalmment, arranged with care after death in order to ensure the person's existence in the afterlife.



  • British Museum launches gay history guide

    The British Museum has launched a guide focusing on elements of homosexuality to be found in its collection.A Little Gay History draws on objects ranging from ancient Egyptian papyri and the erotic scenes on the Roman Warren Cup to images by David Hockney.Written by curator Richard Parkinson, it explores artistic portrayals of what it means to be gay and the difficulties in finding records of same-sex desire.The guide is accompanied by an audio trail featuring Simon Russell Beale....