8 Aug 2022

Horniman Museum to return looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

A London museum has agreed to return 72 artefacts which were looted from Benin to the Nigerian government.

The pieces were stolen during a British military operation in 1897, including a dozen plaques from the collection known as the Benin bronzes, and ended up at the Horniman Museum in south London.

Nigerian officials said they welcomed the decision, while the museum’s trustees called their return “moral and appropriate”.