BBC announces return of radio series on ISIS-looted artworks

The BBC have today announced the return of their Radio 4 documentary The Museum Of Lost Objects, which focuses on artworks and cultural heritage looted or destroyed by the so-called Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. In its first season the leading documentary looked at the history of ten objects, including statues, shrines and buildings, … Continue reading BBC announces return of radio series on ISIS-looted artworks

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A History of Plunder: The Benin Bronzes

In December, 1896 a trading expedition led by British Vice Consul General James R. Phillips set off for Benin City, the capital of the Edo empire which lies in modern day Nigeria. A messenger sent ahead of the group reached the King of Benin (the Edo capital) heralding the arrival of the Europeans. King Ovanramwen, … Continue reading A History of Plunder: The Benin Bronzes

Culture Is a Vital Battlefield in the Fight Against Trump

Just over a month since taking office Donald Trump’s early administration has been defined by anti-immigrant sentiment and widespread bigotry both in and out of the political system. Across the country xenophobe and racists have become emboldened by an establishment that is normalising hate speech and intolerance against immigrants and refugees. Earlier this week white … Continue reading Culture Is a Vital Battlefield in the Fight Against Trump

The time is right for Britain to return its colonial plunder

The Indian Express reported this week that a total of just 28 artifacts have been returned to India by foreign nations since the end of colonial rule. These 28 objects include artifacts looted during British rule that ended up in European and Western collections. Britain, however, was not one of the nations to return stolen … Continue reading The time is right for Britain to return its colonial plunder

San Francisco to safeguard trans history with world’s first trans cultural district

San Francisco authorities announced this week plans to establish the world’s first transgender historical district, after a lengthy dispute between property developers and local activists. District representative Jane Kim announced the news alongside TGI Justice Project (a trans prisoner support group), St. James Infirmary (a sex worker’s clinic) and the Q Foundation (a housing project for … Continue reading San Francisco to safeguard trans history with world’s first trans cultural district