TO MOUNT A SERIOUS CAMPAIGN FOR THE RETURN OF ALL THE ARTIFACTS THAT THE BRITISH LOOTED FROM BENIN IN 1897
"In 1897, Benin City, to the west of the lower Niger in what is now Nigeria (and distinct from the modern country of Benin, formerly Dahomey), was invaded by British military and naval forces...............The royal palace and much of the city was destroyed, the king was sent into exile, returning to Benin only in 1914 for his burial, and several thousand works of art in cast brass, sculpted ivory and wood, wrought iron, coral beadwork, woven textiles and other fabrics, and other materials, were looted by the British personnel. No plan of the palace was made, and no record of the distribution of its artworks. It was a process of both folly and vandalism legitimated only by the status of the officers who, of course, bagged all the best material." John Picton ( Emeritus Professor of African Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
1. To ensure the return of all our looted artifacts.