Confronting the darker aspects of museum collecting

How restitution can offer a chance for a new beginning

In this recent Tedx Talk, Chip Colwell, the senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in the US, discusses ways in which museums can confront some of the darker legacies of past collecting.

Colwell argues that the process of restitution offers a chance for a new beginning, calling on curators to accept responsibility for correcting past mistakes and turn museums into places for living cultures.