What are people's thoughts on this, i.e. return of artifacts to their original owners? While I have used the British Museum for research for a paper (transition of stone to bronze age technologies in predynastic Egypt), as far as I'm concerned nearly the whole contents of the museum (apart from the Celtic and Anglo Saxon exhibits) were stolen and should be returned to their countries of origin. That the institute supplies jobs and a point of interest for bourgeois intelligentsia doesn't figure in my mind. I'd close the place down and use it as a state building...ministry of information perhaps?