Museums Defence Against “Returnism” Rubbished | Nothing To See At This Belgium Museum | Game Of Thrones Museum Opens | Palaeontology’s Answer To The Mona Lisa | UK's Science Museum Showing Off 'Lost' Treasures | Statue of Liberty’s Middle Eastern Link

From: "Roger Smith [email protected] [talk at]" <[email protected]>
Subject: Museums Defence Against “Returnism” Rubbished | Nothing To See At This Belgium Museum | Game Of Thrones Museum Opens | Palaeontology’s Answer To The Mona Lisa | UK's Science Museum Showing Off 'Lost' Treasures | Statue of Liberty’s Middle Eastern Link
Date: May 26th 2019
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**  Why Western museums should return African artifacts
The defence against “returnism” is the same defence museums give for their existence: they are custodians and conservers of humanity’s cultural and natural treasures.

**  What should be displayed in a museum dedicated to Former Australian PM Bob Hawke?
Beer cans, cigars and that lairy America’s Cup jacket are some of the items that experts suggest could be displayed in a museum dedicated to former prime minister Bob Hawke who died recently.

**  Poland's Night of Museums
Close to 30,000 people visited the National Museum in Kraków, southern Poland, on Friday during this year’s Night of Museums.

**  Game of Thrones museum opens in Croatia
Minutes away from the Diocletian’s cellars where Daenerys kept her dragons chained, the newly opened museum comprises of 300 square-metres of interior space and shows over 100 exhibits.

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**  A New Tool Links The Arts To Measurable Social Impacts
Fundraisers at arts organizations increasingly feel the need to better articulate the benefits of the arts for individuals, communities and society. Here's the tool.

**  LA MOCA Gets A $10 Million Gift To Make Entrance Free
We’ve thought for a long time how we could go free and make the museum more inclusive, and now we have the opportunity to, so we’re so excited.

**  Archaeologists find DNA in a 10,000-year-old piece of chewing gum
In the 1990s, archaeologists recovered a few chewed-up lumps of birch bark pitch, some of which still held fingerprints and tooth marks left behind from millennia ago.

**  A new museum highlights the Statue of Liberty’s link to the Middle East
The French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi had initially dreamt up the idea of a towering statue in an entirely different part of the world: the Middle East.

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**  Site Of Interest - The Schulich Collection
These historic stock certificates date from the late 18th century to the early 20th century and tell the story about the American West and the people who helped build the Western United States.

**  The Secret NYC Gallery that brought Picasso & the Avant-garde to America
Behind the doors of a little 5th floor attic-level apartment on 291 Fifth Avenue, he displayed raunchy Rodins, cock-eyed Picassos, out-there Brâncușis, Matisses, Cézannes and gave the American public its first taste of the controversial European avant-garde.

**  Science Museum plans 200 hectare site to show off 'lost' treasures
A site under development by the Science Museum near Swindon in Wiltshire, will give the public a chance to see hundreds of thousands of items that have been in storage for decades.

**  Iguanodon: The tooth behind Te Papa's dinosaur exhibit
The matchbox-sized tooth, from a herbivorous dinosaur that roamed various parts of the world about 140 million years ago, has been described as palaeontology’s answer to the Mona Lisa, the scientific equivalent of Archimedes’ bath and the holy grail of dinosaur fossils.

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**  Plunder of Troy artifacts worse than estimated: Experts
The number of artifacts unearthed in the ancient city of Troy and smuggled out of the country may be 10 times higher than previously estimated, according to a document recently found in the Ottoman archive.

**  Met Museum of Art will no longer accept Sackler family money
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has joined a handful of major cultural institutions that have vowed to stop accepting gifts from members of the Sackler family who are alleged to have fuelled the opioid crisis by falsely marketing OxyContin as a non-addictive drug.

**  Museum Of Interest - Xalapa Museum of Anthropology
The fascinating anthropology museum in Xalapa houses a staggering collection of over 25,000 artifacts representing a diverse array of cultures but the most significant exhibits are undoubtedly those from the enormous collection of artifacts belonging to the mother civilization of Mesoamerica, the Olmeca.

**  Nothing to see at Belgium’s Royal Museum of Central Africa
It turns out that this regal building, everything in it, and especially everything not in it, speak a greater and more terrible truth than any bureaucrat or diorama ever could— that Belgium can’t confront its own evil.

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**  Cartier and Beijing’s Palace Museum to Collaborate Once Again
The Cartier jewels of Oei Hui-lan, the wife of the Chinese diplomat Wellington Koo, will be displayed alongside her 1932 silk cheongsam, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

**  What Ancient Romans Used Instead of Toilet Paper
Instead of reaching for a roll of toilet paper, an ancient Roman would often grab a tersorium; an ingenious little device made by attaching a natural sponge to the end of a stick.

**  How a retirement hobby has led to an expert eye for liverworts
Peter’s interest in plants led him to attend the annual John Child Bryophyte Workshop for the first time in 1999 and two years later he began volunteering at Te Papa's herbarium, their collection of dried plant specimens.

**  Easter Island Statues Threatened by Nose-Picking Selfie Shooters
Archaeologist says she’s disheartened by how frequently travellers disrespect nature, ignore rules, climb on the statues, trample preserved spaces, and sit on graves “all in service of getting a photo of themselves picking the nose of an ancient artifact.”

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**  40th Association for Environmental Archaeology Conference
The organising committee of the 40th Association for Environmental Archaeology Conference are delighted to announce that registration and abstract submission are now open.

**  Private Raffles Collection Donated To The National Museum Of Singapore
Tang Holdings has donated the Tang Holdings Collection of letters, memorabilia and books of Sir Stamford Raffles and Lady Raffles to the National Museum of Singapore.

**  The University Museums and their Publics
International Colloquium, Liège, Belgium

**  This Week's Horoscopes
Sagittarius - They say you can never step into the same river twice, but thanks to crocodiles and your refusal to learn how to swim, once is all you’ll need.

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