British Museum Director resigns after theft allegations

2023-08-26 12:40:25 | Last Update : 2023-08-26 12:47:22

Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum in England's capital London, resigned after it was revealed that some artefacts in the British Museum had been stolen and offered for sale.

British Museum Director resigns after theft allegations
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The allegation that some artifacts were stolen and offered for sale in the British Museum in London, one of the most visited museums in the world, brought resignation. After the incident, which dropped like a bomb on the British agenda, British Museum Director Hartwig Fischer announced his resignation, explaining that the investigation into the theft of the artifacts was carried out unsuccessfully.

"Over the last few days, I have been analyzing in detail the thefts at the British Museum and the investigations into them. It is clear that the British Museum has not responded as comprehensively as it should have," Fischer said.

Fischer also stated that the museum management had not responded sufficiently to warnings that an employee might be stealing objects and that any failures in this respect should be attributed to him.


The board of trustees chaired by former British Finance Minister George Osborne accepted Fischer's resignation.

"I'm clear about this. We're gonna fix what's wrong. The museum has a mission that spans generations. We will learn, we will regain trust and we will deserve to be recognized once again," Osborne said in a statement.

The British Museum, one of the most important museums in the world, is visited by more than6 million people every year. The museum hosts one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world with its permanent collection of 8 million artefacts.

Source: Ihlas News Agency

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