The chairman of the British Museum claims that some of the 2,000 or so stolen artifacts have been found.

The chairman of the British Museum claims that some of the 2,000 or so stolen artifacts have been found.

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he British Museum has managed to retrieve some of the stolen items that were taken from the institution, according to the chairman, George Osborne. In a statement on Saturday, Mr. Osborne issued an apology for the scandal that has shaken the renowned London establishment. He acknowledged that more could have been done to prevent the thefts in the past. The Metropolitan Police is currently investigating the stolen artifacts, and a member of staff, who remains unnamed, has been dismissed following police questioning.

The items in question, which were utilized for research purposes, span from the “15th century BC to the 19th century AD,” as reported by the museum. Among the stolen items are believed to be gold jewelry, semi-precious gemstones, and glass artifacts that were taken before 2023. Leaked emails to the BBC revealed that an antiquities dealer had alerted the museum to items being sold on eBay in 2021, but the report was allegedly ignored.

In response to the situation, an independent security review has been initiated. It will be overseen by former museum trustee Sir Nigel Boardman and Lucy D’Orsi, Chief Constable of British Transport Police. Mr. Osborne mentioned that around 2,000 items are believed to have been stolen, though he regarded this figure as provisional.

Despite the challenges posed by the thefts and subsequent investigation, the museum’s director, Hartwig Fischer, announced his resignation. He expressed regret for his earlier comments and stated that his resignation would allow the institution to navigate through the situation without distraction. His deputy, Jonathan Williams, also agreed to temporarily step back from his duties pending the conclusion of the independent review into the thefts.

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