Carol Primrose wrote:
> In a sense this relates to the earlier postings which raised such a dust.
We so talking of the British Museum are we not?
> The British Museum IS the British Museum because it dates from the time
> it was considered best practice to put everything in one central
> and put that institution in London. That was convenient for scholars who
> wanted to study the widest possible range of artefacts with the least
> of travel.
There are scholars, not that I can put my mind on any at the moment, that
would like to travel a shorter distance if it relates to the pertinance of
the area they are covering And where that pertinance relates to 'their'
>Now there are separate national museums in Scotland, Ireland and
> Wales these institutions presumably feel that items specifically relating
> their area should be there.
Yes, they should.
>Travel is much easier,
Do you wish to bet on this supposed fact Ms Primsrose? I suggest not.
>and access via the internet helps.
Which it does. Though only if the the suppliers of that data publish it on
the Internet, otherwise the Internet is only a directory of where to travel
which as I have said is of no use to some but not that cannot.
>But the problem is - how far down the line
> should this principle apply.
As far as practicable.
>Many local museums in towns and villages did
> not exist when material was deposited in the national museums and some of
> the people in these areas want materials returned to their place of origin
> now that there is somewhere suitable to keep and display them.
If the feelings of the locals are their wish that wish should be done!
> Stornoway would like the Lewis chessmen back.
And do they should.
>Kelvingrove Museum did return
> an American Indian "Ghost Shirt" to the descendants of its original
> I believe because it was claimed to be of religious significance.
Good for them!
>And there's another can of worms -
I assure you, if you knew me well enough (and you have not joined Exularch
yet to find out) there is no can of worms.
>viz Kennewick man.
Again said above.
> international politics -nuff said.
Hmmm....not said -nuff yet. I could say an awful lot more. But not today!
John Wood of Lowlandshire