The Old British Empire 's Influence On Modern Museums

2263 Words Dec 6th, 2016 10 Pages
“The sun never sets on the British Empire” is a phrase that is known all too well in regards to British Imperialism and colonization spanning over Africa, Asia, North America, Australia, and Europe. Over the years, England in particular, has had a major influence across the world as a global superpower by sharing its own technology, culture, religion and more. But as much as they have shared, they have also taken to enrich their own society with artifacts, designs, foods, and other aspects of the foreign culture. This dynamic between Great Britain and each colonized country has immensely shaped modern British museums by expanding the content in museums as it relates to imperialism, diversifying the artifacts collected from other countries, and the influences it has had on British society shown through museums collections. The old British Empire 's influence on modern museums also raised many issues for contemporary curators and audiences concerning museums glorifying imperialism, the ethically of keeping these collected artifacts, and if the museums have a subtle underlying imperialistic bias.

To understand why imperialism is such a prominent theme in British museums it is important to understand the history of British Imperialism in the first place. In the 15th and 16th centuries Portugal and Spain were leading imperialist powers, sailing the seas and discovering new land and becoming wealthier from the treasures these places held. After learning of the success…
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