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The Maqdala Treasures and the Sarr-Savoy Report on Repatriation

March 22, 2019


The Maqdala Treasures and the Sarr-Savoy Report on Repatriation

Tiffany talks to the director of the V&A in London, Tristram Hunt, about who owns culture, and what to do with looted objects. They take a close look at a stunning gold crown, seized by the British Army during the 1868 Abyssinian Expedition (modern day Ethiopia), and discuss President Macron’s commissioned Sarr-Savoy report on returning African artefacts acquired in the colonial era.  



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Find out more about the Maqdala treasures, on the V&A blog:

Find out about AFROMET - The Association for the Return of The Maqdala Ethiopian Treasures:

Read the Sarr-Savoy Report ‘The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage, Toward a New Relational Ethics’:


Signature tune:  

Nick Vander

Black Kopal - Galaxy I

The rest: 

Lobo Loco -

Just a Moment (ID 944), Psychedelic Blues 1 (ID 997), Sleeping Dragons 

(ID 1018)

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Tim Hart

Royalty - Free Music Large Collection (100+ Tracks) - 

Track 25 - The Eleventh Sun

Track 91 - Walking with the Night

Track 81 - The Bridge


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