Wide view shot of the horse head sculpture from the Parthenon marbles

Contested objects from the collection

Object statements

The British Museum's collection has grown since 1753 and the acquisition of the founding collection of Sir Hans Sloane.

Objects have been acquired in a variety of ways. Some objects are subject to questions about, or requests for, return to other countries.

Statements on the most frequent requests and information on the current status of the discussions can be found below.