UK Museum loses national accreditation over statue sale

Here is something you don't read about every day. A museum in the UK lost its accreditation and can't apply for grants because it sold a valuable ancient Egyptian statue at auction in order to raise the money to add on to the museum building. The museum auctioned the statue against local protests and official protests from the  Egyptian ambassador. This violated national standards for UK museums, especially the section on "disposal of cultural objects." Christie's sold the statue of Sekhemka, a court official and priest. National and international standards exist for a reason. Isn't this a lesson in proper professional behavior? Read more about it here

And for those of you who care to know, yes, the floors of the Clarke are finished and the exhibit space back to how it normally looks.


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