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Metal detectorist unearths Tudor gold pendant linked to Henry VIII in Warwickshire
Cafe owner Charlie Clarke ‘shrieked like schoolgirl’ when he turned up pristine necklace bearing initials of Henry and Katherine of Aragon

Esther Addley

31, Jan, 2023 @1:20 PM

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Britain treasures the Parthenon marbles, but consider this: returned to Greece, could they be more valuable? | Charlotte Higgins
Politicians fear that handing back disputed items would asset-strip the British soul. The truth is, it might enrich us, says Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian’s chief culture writer

Charlotte Higgins

24, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Artist asks British Museum to return Assyrian treasure to Iraq in swap
Sculptor Michael Rakowitz says he will give his fourth-plinth bull to Tate Modern if Iraq can share custody

Matthew Weaver

20, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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The Guardian view on the Benin bronzes: leading the way home | Editorial
Editorial: The swelling international tide in favour of returning looted artefacts cannot be ignored by Britain’s national museums

Editorial

08, Jan, 2023 @6:25 PM

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Friday briefing: The latest twist in the 200-year dispute over the Parthenon marbles
In today’s newsletter: Greece and the UK have opened talks over the future of the so-called ‘Elgin marbles’ – what will happen next?

Nimo Omer

06, Jan, 2023 @6:40 AM

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Are you bored yet? Five art shows to be dazzled by over the Christmas season
From Lucian Freud to Turner and the mysteries of ancient Egypt, here are some of the best exhibitions across the country right now

Jonathan Jones

28, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Germany returns 21 Benin bronzes to Nigeria – amid frustration at Britain
Artefacts looted in 19th century by UK soldiers and sold on, with many more still held by the British Museum

Philip Oltermann in Abuja

20, Dec, 2022 @3:51 PM

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Pope Francis orders Parthenon marbles held by Vatican be returned to Greece
Three 2,500-year-old pieces will be ‘donated’ to Greece’s Archbishop Ieronymos II amid wider conversation about future of Parthenon marbles held by Britain

Sian Cain and agencies

19, Dec, 2022 @12:51 AM

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Cambridge University to return over 100 looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria
Move to see restitution of 116 historical objects taken by British during the sacking of Benin in 1897

Jane Clinton

14, Dec, 2022 @11:39 PM

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Is the writing on the wall for the British Museum’s BP deal?
Chair of the museum, George Osborne, says it no longer wants to be a ‘destination for climate protest’

Esther Addley

11, Dec, 2022 @5:45 PM

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No 10 rules out law change for return of Parthenon marbles
No plans to amend legislation that could stop removal back to Greece, after secret talks held over their future

Pippa Crerar Political editor

05, Dec, 2022 @4:26 PM

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Greece in ‘preliminary’ talks with British Museum about Parthenon marbles
Officials say they have met with George Osborne, and are keen to see the masterpieces back in Athens

Helena Smith in Athens

03, Dec, 2022 @5:09 PM

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