The Manchester Museum, like many other Victorian institutions, continued the racist way of thinking that had emerged during the transatlantic slave trade, using objects and exhibtions to promote myths about race. Objects were collected and exhibited to try and prove that European culture was superior to any other. The source communities from which these objects came were not allowed to provide the correct explanation of their use or cultural significance.
This is no longer the way that modern museums work, and increasing numbers of them are beginning to grapple with their contentious history and Victorian legacy.
Do you think museums have changed enough? What changes would you like to see?