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Glasgow City Council to return ‘stolen’ artefacts to India

Cllr David McDonald, chairman of Glasgow Life, which manages the town’s museums, stated: “This is a significant moment for the city and the wider debate on the topic of repatriation and decolonisation.”

Writing on Twitter following the vote, he added: “It’s a start but we have more to do. I hope it encourages many more museums to take action.”

As properly because the artefacts looted from India, Glasgow has additionally returned bronzes, designed for rituals honouring ancestors, which had been taken from the altars on the Royal Court of Benin throughout an invasion by British forces in 1897.

There are 17 in Glasgow’s assortment, which had been acquired as presents or from public sale homes, and the National Commission of Museums and Monuments of Nigeria, performing on behalf of the Oba of Benin, requested they be returned to Benin City.

There was additionally a request for the repatriation of 25 artefacts looted from the our bodies of almost 300 Lakota folks killed through the Wounded Knee Massacre in South Dakota in 1890.

Head of Collections at Glasgow Life, Duncan Dornan stated: “I believe it’s all the time necessary that you just open a dialogue with nations to perceive the complexities of repatriating gadgets.

“It is inconceivable to generalise with a delicate challenge resembling repatriation however museums must be doing every little thing they’ll to have interaction in dialogue with nations who’re searching for gadgets held within the UK.

“In some instances, the answer may be repatriation and in others, it may be being clearer and more transparent about the history of the items, how they were taken and what they mean to the country of origin and the country they are currently located in.”

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