The V&A should acknowledge the circumstances in which its Ethiopian artefacts were acquired by returning them unconditionally, says Douglas Currie

I am writing to take issue with the views of the V&A director, Tristram Hunt, as quoted by Mark Brown in his article concerning Ethiopian artefacts held by the museum (Ethiopian treasures could be on their way home after V&A offers long-term loan, 4 April).

Among the reasons given by Mr Hunt for not allowing a “simple return” of items to their countries of origin is what he calls the “philosophical case for cosmopolitanism in museum collections”. I take this to mean that museums should play a role in promoting other cultures.

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