Saturday, August 14, 2010

IMPORTANT: Disclaimer

Disclaimer: these pages are all part of Paul Barford's "Scattered Heritage" blog, while most of the objects are real, the "history" presented here is fictional. The idea is to turn the tables of the discussion on the repatriation of artworks and other cultural property by imagining that it is Britain (currently one of the countries retaining a lot of other people's cultural heritage) which through various accidents of history has lost its own cultural heritage. How would we react to that? Would we still be going on about "cultural cosmopolitanism" and the "values of encyclopaedic museums"? The resemblance to real persons and institutions, either living or defunct is, as they say, entirely coincidental.

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