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British Museum Stolen Goods Tour

British Museum, London. Sat 4 May 2019



 The Gweagal shield with a hole thought to have been made by a musket ball fired by one of Captain Cook's men at Botany Bay
     
 Indigenous Australian campaigner Rodney Kelly holds a didgeridoo and stands beside the Gweagal shield

 One of his ancestors held the shield and was wounded when Cook first landed in Australia

 

 The BP or not BP banner - Stolen Land - Stolen Culture - Stolen Climate

 Danny Chivers explains why BP or not BP want an end to the sponsorship of the British Museum by BP , and

 for various stolen and looted artefacts to be returned

 One of BP or not BP plays a BP executive and explains why sponsoring the BM is a cheap way of covering up their cimate crimes

 Rodney Kelly plays a long note on his didgeridoo (also known by many other names including Yirdaki)

 

 and points at his ancestor's shield, explaining its significance and how it could play an important role

 in a renaissance of aboriginal cultures in their native land.

 The audience sat tightly packed listening to his talk and applauded long and loud

 Samir Eskanda speaks about many objects taken from 'biblical' excavations in Palestine which are

 important to understanding the culture and history of Palestine and the Middle East and should be returned to museums there

 BP or not BP hand out leafelts and direct people to the free Stolen Goods tour.

 

 The tour moves off, following the signs

 

 

 to the Assyrian galeries

 

 where Yasmin Younis speaks on recent looting from Iraq

 

 

 

 The tour moves on

 to the Parthenon Marbles

 signed over to Lord Elgin by Turkish occupiers of the country rather than the Greeks to whom they belong

 and should be returned.

 

 The fragments here should be back at least close to the site they were made for, and the BM could display

 some replicas of the best preserved pieces. perhaps as a part of a virtual reality Parthenon..

The Rosetta Stone, captured by the British from the French in the Napoleonic Wars, surely belongs in Egypt.

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