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Lost, Stolen, Exploited – The British Museum

The British Museum

Lost.

 

Stolen.

 

Exploited.

I’ve been to the British Museum twice now. I have twice missed the Rosetta Stone. It’s a neat building. It has a lot of artifacts from pretty much every time period and pretty much anywhere. That might be the problem, though.

The aesthetically pleasing Great Hall.

 

Many of these artifacts were taken, or should I use the word stolen, under unreasonable circumstances. This comes up quite often when museums have possession of artifacts, often culturally appropriated.

Lining new walls with old walls.

 

Who owns the artifacts? The artifacts have come been in possession for hundred of years. What’s the big deal? The cultural origin of the artifact has its rights to the piece. The museum has some rights to the piece. People have some rights to see the piece. Should we share these significant artifacts with the whole world?Lock them away? Share with few? Use and use? It’s a gray area for sure. While the debate probably will never cease to exit, it is certainly important to acknowledge. 

What is the source of our knowledge?

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Photos of the Days

S.P. Sullivan, my significant other was in town so he didn’t really need to see my photos of the day since he was with me this week. But here they are.

March 14, 2010

Safe to say, the Museum of London was enjoyed by Sean.

March 15, 2010

Not to be emo, but Sean was the only good thing about my day.

March 16, 2010

The Photographer's Gallery is hit or miss, so keep going back.

March 17, 2010

My favorite night site is Parliament and the clock tower. Beautiful.

March 18, 2010

Sometimes it's the simple things in life that have meaning.

March 19, 2010

The Vietnamese Restaurant in China Town is phenomenal.

March 20, 2010

Fish for sale at Portobello Road Market.

March 21, 2010

The British Library.

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Covent Garden

Covent Garden was a little more posh than I expected. It’s primarily a cool steel and glass structured building where artisans and their crafts filter out and off to the side.

Inside the CG.

 

Inside the building are cute little shops where one can drop a lot on soap that looks and smells like candy or a variety of teas and modern ornamented tea sets. The crafters in this area are more pricey and capitalized than those on the outskirts. There can be found hand blown glass ornaments, sewn kitsch dolls, or watch a scene get painted in a matter of minutes. Restaurants in this portion are more like fair foods that are slightly less greasy, smell a lot more appetizing, and will make your mouth water.

The symbol of CG.

 

Surrounding the center is cobbled walking areas where street performers set up and large crowds of tourists and Londoners alike gather. This is great for kids and their parents as the street performers cater their routine towards adults and children; there are a few jokes in there that slip right over their heads. There’s the small church and garden, as well as other aesthetically pleasing pieces of architecture. Heading off on the side streets, there are numerous cool and trendy shopping stores, however, if you are set on a pair of Doc Martins, be ready to drop at least 70 Quid.

Pretty crowed, only I don't get why. Maybe they don't know either.

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