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London museum to return 72 Benin treasures to Nigeria

By Josh Halliday

07 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

The Horniman museum is first government-funded institution to give back the Benin bronzes looted by the British in 1897. Read more, here.

A London museum is to return 72 treasured artefacts, including its collection of Benin bronzes, to Nigeria in what experts described as an “immensely significant” moment.

The Horniman museum said it would transfer the ownership of the historic objects to the Nigerian government after an unanimous vote by its board of trustees.

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