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Museums: Feeding the Culture-Vultures

What museums must do to satisfy an increasingly demanding public…

Museums are meant to preserve and safeguard the collections entrusted to them, which makes them naturally conservative. 1,130 more words


Loan of a Parthenon sculpture to the Hermitage: a marble ambassador of a European ideal

Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum

The British Museum is a museum of the world, for the world and nothing demonstrates this more than the loan of a Parthenon sculpture to the… 630 more words


What's truth got to do got to do with it? University Challenge and Ancient History

Doing a history PhD is pointless – according to (both of) my city-banker-friends. All I’m doing is accumulating knowledge with no real world application, they say, as they use their iPhone 5 and somebody else’s money to trade imaginary bits of paper with randomly assigned values. 1,057 more words


World Record for a Piece of Ancient History from Babylon

Look at this rare piece of history that was auctioned off at Doyle New York on 9th of April and sold for a world record $605,000! 305 more words