British Museum

British Museum boss defends moving bust of slave-owning founder

August 25, 2020

Hartwig Fischer, the director of the British Museum, has defended his decision to move a bust of the museum’s slave owning founding father, after criticism the decision did little to address structural racism at the institution. As the museum in central London prepares to reopen after the coronavirus lockdown, a likeness of Sir Hans Sloane […]

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British Museum to reopen before August bank holiday weekend

August 7, 2020

The British Museum is to reopen most of its ground-floor galleries on 27 August after being shut for 163 days, its longest peacetime closure. The museum, which first opened its doors in 1759, announced on Friday that it would reopen in time for England’s August bank holiday weekend. It will be one of the last […]

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