Museums in the UK, including the British Museum and the Natural History Museum, have faced a series of official claims in recent months for objects to be returned to their places of origin, The Guardian has learned through a series of Freedom of Information requests.
Neanderthal skulls and the remains of an extinct sloth named after Charles Darwin are among the items requested for repatriation from British institutions, as documents reveal museums are facing calls to return some of their most treasured items to their places of origin.
The pressure on museums to grapple with the provenance of their collections has been revealed by freedom of information requests submitted by the Guardian.
A series of high-profile restitution claims have been received by institutions including the British Museum and the Natural History Museum in recent months. They include a call from the government of Gibraltar for the return of Neanderthal remains... Keep reading on The Guardian