The world famous British Museum is the world’s largest museum on the subject of world history, with millions of visitors each year visiting the more than 8 million cultural and historical artifacts and artifacts dating back 2 million years ago human history.
Half of the museum’s visible artifacts are currently in dispute over ownership. On the one hand, the British Museum claims ownership of these artifacts, on the other hand, campaigns have been launched demanding the return of these artifacts to their countries of origin.
Now there are clearly two factions, one that advocates the return of controversial museum artifacts to their original countries and the other that believes that these historical artifacts are more preserved in Western museums.
But how did all these things end in the UK? For this we have to go back to the seventeenth century when Great Britain began to dig its claws in different parts of the world. He then conquered many continents and eventually built the largest empire in history, covering about a quarter of the world’s territory.
For centuries these colonial occupations have been exploited, from South Africa to India and from Australia to Nigeria, not only their resources and riches have been looted, but also their cultural heritage and archeology. Most of the looted property was in the British Museum, built in 1753 and later expanded.
Today, the museum has legally acquired artifacts, many of which are in doubt, including the first thing you notice when entering the museum: it is stolen.
The Rosetta tablet, which Britain had seized from the French occupying forces in Egypt. Also, parts of the Parthenon that were actually removed by a British lord from the fort in Athens and then turned over to the British Museum or the most controversial Benin Bronze in Africa.
From ivory carvings to bronze sculptures, many of these artifacts were looted from the kingdom of Benin, which is now part of Nigeria. These artifacts were made in the 16th century in the empire, most of which were part of the decorated walls that were used for religious ceremonies. But, in fact, they had the entire history of the region.