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WHOSE TREASURES ARE THEY ANYWAY?

Buried Treasure: finding our past, the latest blockbuster exhibition on show at the National Museum & Gallery (NMG), kicks off with an opportunity to quiz British Museum Director, Neil MacGregor on the subject of the Universal Museum.

Speaking in Cardiff on 17 May, Mr MacGregor will discuss the often controversial concept of 'ownership' and museums, looking at issues surrounding the 'rightful home' of items on show at some museums. Do we have a right to keep certain items in our museums, or should they be returned to their original homeland? This and many other issues will be addressed at the public event, held at the Reardon Smith Theatre, NMG, at 3.00 pm, next Monday.

Working in partnership with the British Museum, NMG is the first venue on Buried Treasure: finding our past's journey around the UK. The exhibition, sponsored by Tarmac Western Ltd, showcases some of Britain's most spectacular treasures — some on display for the first time in Wales.

The exhibition aims to demonstrate the important public role in treasure finds and how chance discoveries by farmers, labourers and metal detector users have revolutionised our understanding of the past. Celebrating the success of the Treasure Act 1996 and the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the exhibition also highlights the role of the National Museums & Galleries of Wales and the British Museum in the treasure process including research and further archaeological investigation at the location of the finds.

Anyone wishing to attend Neil MacGregor's lecture should contact NMG Site Co—ordinator, Siân Edwards on 029 2039 7951, to reserve a seat. Entry to the event will be via the Reardon Smith Theatre doors, off Park Place. Doors open at 2.30 pm.

Buried Treasure: finding our past, is open to the public from 14 May until 5 September, and entry to the exhibition and NMG is free of charge.