Artefact scandal a salutary lesson

By Sally Blundell In Current Affairs

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23rd March, 2012
It began with a simple question of provenance: how did a statuette of the founder of Canterbury, John Robert Godley, end up in the window of London antiquities dealer Douglas Barrett? That was in 2009. By the end of the year, three further items – artefacts originally gifted by New Zealand to the Commonwealth Institute, then transferred to the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum in 2002 – were found on the antiquities market without provenance and without having gone through standard museum deaccessioning processes. The Listener reported on the unfolding affair last April, ...

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