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

Coming soon: A cultural sector dark age courtesy of ‘Brexit means Brexit’

Britain is on course for a ‘hard Brexit’ following a parliament decision this week that saw 494 MPs vote in favour of a Brexit deal without concessions. The vote, which was harshly criticised by pro-remain advocates, will allow Prime Minister Teresa May to continue plans to trigger article 50 in her ‘Brexit means Brexit’ agenda.  … Continue reading Coming soon: A cultural sector dark age courtesy of ‘Brexit means Brexit’