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British Museum Staff Fired Over Missing and Stolen ArtifactsBritish Museum fires staff over missing 15th-century B.C. artifacts.

The museum added that it has also commissioned a security audit from a third party and a “vigorous program to recover the missing items.”

Gold jewelry, diamonds made of semi-precious stones, and pieces of glass that date from the 15th century B.C. to the 19th century A.D. are among the stolen relics.

George Osborne, Chairman of the Museum said,

“Recovering the stolen items is now our top priority, followed by investigating what, if anything, could have been done to prevent this and finally taking whatever steps are necessary, including investing in security and collection records, to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.” 

The reimagining of the museum that we have begun only strengthens the case, according to Osborne.

The museum announced that the fired employee would face legal repercussions and that the London Metropolitan Police Service was looking into the situation.

Iconic Museum Treasures

The 264-year-old British Museum is a popular tourist destination in London that draws people from all over the world to see its extensive collection of artifacts.

This includes everything from the Rosetta Stone, which unlocked the language of ancient Egypt, to scrolls with Chinese poetry from the 12th century and masks made by Canada’s indigenous people.

Artifact Repatriation Controversy

But the museum’s refusal to return artifacts amassed during the British Empire’s era of dominance has stirred controversy, as it disregards requests from governments worldwide.

The Parthenon in Athens, Greece, and the Benin bronzes from West Africa are two of these disagreements that are most well-known.

British Museum director Hartwig Fischer expressed regret and vowed that the organization will make things right.

“This is a very strange situation,” Fischer remarked.

I am confident that I can speak for all of my coworkers when I state that we take the security of every object in our custody very seriously.

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