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    The new initiative’s architect claimed that its goal is to make clear that “not everything” in the museum’s collection “was acquired by Europeans by looting.”

    The British Museum is about to launch a new initiative called Collected Histories talks, which is aimed at disseminating information about how certain artifacts ended up in the museum’s collection, The Guardian reports.

    Dr Sushma Jansari, the curator of the Asian ethnographic and South Asia collections at the British Museum, told the newspaper that she devised Collected Histories in a bid to change address the perception that the museum’s collection constitutes solely of looted items.

    "There are a lot of partial histories and they tend to focus on the colonial aspect of the collecting so you have a bunch of people who tend to be quite angry and upset. We’re trying to reset the balance a little bit. A lot of our collections are not from a colonial context; not everything here was acquired by Europeans by looting," she said.

    Her rationale however apparently did not resonate with many social media users who were quick to poke fun at the new program.


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