Museums: who owns what?

A leading human rights lawyer has accused the British Museum of being "the world's largest receivers of stolen property". Should museums return artefacts to their place of origin?

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Use this one-hour lesson to help your students:

  • Understand why some museums have been criticised for the artifacts they display
  • Explore examples in the news
  • Discuss the rules that museum curators should follow to decide whether or not an artefact should be displayed.

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    I develop ideas by asking myself questions

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    I develop ideas by considering different perspectives

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    Step 12:

    I can identify some common themes in a news story, for example - power and injustice

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