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The Museum of Colonialism

The man—and the empire—that made the British Museum
Source: Wellcome Trust

The latest controversy to embroil the British Museum began, as it often seems to do in the early 21st century, on social media, when @britishmuseum tweeted a reply to an innocuous #AskACurator question about exhibition descriptions. “We aim to be understandable by 16-year-olds,” wrote the museum’s Asia curator in a string of tweets. “Sometimes Asian names can be confusing, so we have to be careful about using too many.”

Perhaps it’s only natural that the Asia curator would reach for Asian names as

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