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British Museum theft: underfunding of UK sector has weakened safeguarding of collections, museums body says

The UK Museums Association also stresses that insider theft is rare—though others disagree

'More than 1,500' artefacts were stolen from British Museum, internal investigation reportedly reveals

A Unesco antiquities trafficking expert says the theft is "probably the worst case so far"

Thefts at the British Museum prompted director’s resignation, say media reports

But Hartwig Fischer stepping down is not linked to the alleged thefts, say fresh sources

Media reports identify objects allegedly stolen from British Museum and posted on eBay

The items include a piece of Roman jewellery—reportedly worth between £25,000 and £50,000—being offered with a minimum price of £40

British Museum imposes 'emergency security measures' after staff member allegedly steals priceless artefacts

The museum in London is reckoning with a huge security breach after admitting that jewellery and gems dating back millennia had been removed from its storeroom without detection

'Knife attack' leads to evacuation of the British Museum in London

Police confirm a man was stabbed close to the entrance on Tuesday morning

British Museum settles case with translator after using work 'without permission, credit or payment'

The London institution will now reinstate Yilin Wang's translations and is reviewing its permissions policy

Artists and cultural leaders call on British Museum to rename BP Lecture Theatre

An open letter urges museum to follow net zero carbon pledge and fully separate from oil giant, which recently recorded $2.6bn in quarterly profit

British Museum director Hartwig Fischer to step down in 2024

The London institution will begin looking for his replacement this autumn, with the new hire having to deal with delicate issues such as the Parthenon Marbles and after-effects of controversial BP sponsorship deal

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Poet and translator to sue British Museum for copyright and moral rights infringement

Vancouver-based Yilin Wang has raised more than £15,000 via Crowd Justice to begin legal proceedings

UK and Greece should share Parthenon Marbles says London mayor Sadiq Khan

The Labour party politician encourages the British Museum and the UK government to advance talks with the government of Greece and Athens's Acropolis Museum

Restitutionanalysis

King Charles’s ethical dilemma over looted objects in the Royal Collection

The monarch will likely face calls for the return of priceless objects that were seized by British military forces during 19th-century operations

The British Museum and BP's sponsorship deal will end after 27 years

The museum has been under pressure for more than a decade to break off its affiliation with the oil and gas corporation

British Museum drops reference to the Rosetta Stone from title of major refurbishment plans

Move may reflect sensitivities around the museum's possession of the ancient Egyptian object

Declassified documents on Parthenon Marbles reveal rift between UK government and British Museum

Foreign Office was dismissive of the museum's attempts to lobby for the contested sculptures in 1983

British Museum returns Oceanic sculpture to Polynesia—for three years

Admired by Henry Moore and Picasso, A'a has just gone on show at Tahiti's main museum

London museums struggling to regain visitors after Covid closures, our survey shows

The Art Newspaper's annual Visitor Figures survey has found the National Gallery has lost more visitors since 2019 than any other art museum worldwide

Vatican returns Parthenon sculptures to Greece in 'historic event'

Restitution shows that a "road of dialogue and peace always exists", according to a representative of the Holy See

Critics line up to condemn Science Museum’s sponsorship deal with Adani Green Energy

Museum is accused of “reprehensible” behaviour in allegedly allowing crisis-hit parent company Adani to greenwash its huge fossil fuel business

Even restituted artefacts—like Benin bronzes—need export licences from UK, says arts minister

Formal requirement for government licences may well prove to be yet another obstacle to a loan agreement for the Parthenon Marbles

British Museum's chairman suggests 'hybrid' deal with Greece over Parthenon Marbles

"I think there is a way forward where the sculptures could be seen both in London and in Athens, and that will be a win-win for Greece and for us,” George Osborne says

British Museum staff to strike as cultural workers across UK take industrial action—including during school holiday

Workers at the Wallace Collection, Historic England, National Museums Scotland and the National Museum of Liverpool will also be striking over pay and labour conditions

Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton: the enduring allure of art and luxury

Plus, Michael Rakowitz's ambitious restitution plans and Rosy Martin's photographical iconostasis

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British Museum's hopes of a 'loan arrangement' for the return of the Parthenon Marbles imperilled ahead of Greek elections

The Greek prime minister has pledged to repatriate the 2,500-year-old sculptures if re-elected

Parthenon Marbles: is a breakthrough in sight?

Plus, Afghan culture in crisis and Kiki Smith’s New York murals

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Secret talks between British Museum and Greece to return Parthenon Marbles in 'advanced stages'

If a deal is finalised, the contested sculptures are expected to be returned to Greece in early 2023, and will be displayed at the Acropolis Museum in Athens

'Don't expect us to be passive' in the face of restitution: British Museum chair defies return of looted artefacts

In speech at the annual trustees dinner George Osborne said that "dismantling" the collection "must not become the careless act of a single generation”

As infrastructure crumbles, British Museum plans to fix Parthenon Marbles gallery next

The decision to prioritise the revamp of the museum’s Greek and Assyrian displays comes amid escalating calls for the permanent return of the Parthenon sculptures to Athens