When I read the article entitled “How one cultural vision has lessons for the whole world” by Tristram Hunt, in the Observer, July 6, 2008, http://www.guardian.co.uk I really did not know how to take it. Some of his
panegyric statements about the British Museum and its Director shocked me whilst I thought others must have been, as it were, said with tongue in cheek. On looking more closely, I realised that Hunt is a Lecturer in
History at University of London and therefore I concluded that the article deserved more than the usual cursory reading. No one will dispute that the British Museum is a great tourist attraction in London and by all standards, a great museum. But can one say that the museum
has become “a place of respect, mutuality, and enlightenment in our increasingly antagonistic multi-racial, multi-ethnic society. And it is a model which other museums around Britain need desperately to follow.”?