Soldiers Grandson Returning Items Looted from Benin-City

January 23, 2020

Release Date: 

22 January 2020

 

The grandson of a British soldier who took part in the looting of Benin City in the late 19th century is returning the items his grandfather took back to Nigeria. Thousands of items were taken during a British military expedition in the late 19th century. Mark Walker's grandfather was in his twenties when he brought the artefacts back on his return to the UK and they've remained in his family ever since. But now Mr Walker says they must be returned to their rightful owners. He spoke to BBC Newsday.

 

(Photo: Mark Walker handling two paddles to be returned to Benin City, Nigeria. Credit: Pitts Rivers Museum, Oxford University).

 

 

Release date:

22 January 2020

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