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Gold looted by the British in Ghana sparks debate about pieces in European museums.

The reunion with tradition and the past through historical objects.

Items from the Collection of the Royal Treasury Museum of Portugal

  • The museum has a collection called “Gold and Diamonds of Brazil”, which includes a gold nugget weighing more than 20 kilos extracted in Goiás in the 18th century.
  • There is a debate about the return of these Brazilian items to the colonies, including Brazil.

Returns and Loans of Historical Objects

  • Denmark has confirmed that it will send a Tupinambá cloak to the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. This cloak was made by indigenous Brazilians between the 16th and 17th centuries and was in Denmark for more than 300 years.
  • There is still no confirmed date for the display of this mantle at the national museum.
  • British museums are sending treasures to Ghana in an exhibition open to the public. The loan of the pieces has an initial duration of three years, with the possibility of renewal.
  • A British law prevents objects stored in some national institutions from being returned to their countries of origin, aiming to protect historical objects.

British Law Challenge

  • The British law preventing the return of objects is contested both inside and outside the United Kingdom.
  • Critics argue that the law prevents pieces from being returned to their countries of origin, even when they were looted or obtained unfairly.

Negotiations and Future Possibilities

Ongoing negotiations and future possibilities related to the return of historical objects.

Extension of Returns

  • Some groups argue that the possibility of return should also be extended to objects looted by the British during the colonial period.
  • The negotiation of the loan with Ghana was done directly with the current Ashanti king, and not with the government of Ghana.

Return Discussions

  • There are ongoing discussions about the return of historical objects looted by Nazis between 1933 and 1945.
  • These discussions also involve the possibility of returning objects looted by the British during the colonial period.

Exhibition at the National Museum

There is still no confirmed date for the exhibition at the National Museum. The treasures sent by British museums to Ghana are also part of an exhibition open to the public. However, this exhibition has not yet started and already has a scheduled end date.

The loan of the pieces will last for three years, with the possibility of renewal for another three years.

Exhibition date at the National Museum

  • There is still no confirmed date for the exhibition of the pieces at the National Museum.
  • The treasures sent by British museums will also be part of an exhibition open to the public.

Duration of parts loan

  • The loan of the parts will last for three years.
  • There is the possibility of renewing the loan for another three years.

British law on the return of historic objects

A 1983 British law prevents objects stored in some national institutions from being returned to their countries of origin.

This law aims to protect historical objects, preventing them from being used as bargaining chips or sold by museum directors. However, this law is contested and generates resentment towards colonialism.

British law restrictions

  • British law prevents objects stored in some national institutions from being returned to their countries of origin.
  • The purpose of the law is to protect historical objects and prevent their misuse.

Challenge to the law

  • The law is contested both within the UK and internationally.
  • Critics argue that the law prevents the return of pieces to their original owners and fuels resentment towards colonialism.

Challenge to British law

British law on the return of historic objects is widely contested. Some argue that it prevents the return of pieces to their original owners, generating resentment towards colonialism.

A change in the law allowed the return of objects looted by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945, and there are groups that argue that this possibility should also be extended to objects looted by the British during the colonial period.

Challenge to British law

  • The law on the return of historical objects is hotly contested.
  • Critics say it prevents the return of pieces to their original owners, generating resentment towards colonialism.

Change in law

  • A change in legislation allowed the return of objects looted by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.
  • There are groups that argue that this possibility should also be extended to objects looted by the British during the colonial period.

Loan negotiation with Ghana

The negotiation of the loan of the pieces with Ghana was done directly with the current king, and not with the government of Ghana. The government claimed that it could not accept a return that was not final. Negotiations remain ongoing.

Loan negotiation

  • The loan of the pieces was negotiated directly with the current king.
  • The Ghanaian government claimed that it would only accept a definitive return of the parts.

Continuity of negotiations

  • Negotiations between the parties involved remain ongoing.
  • There is no information about a final outcome at this time.

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