British Museum is forced to apologise for ‘racist’ and ‘imperialist’ claim that using Asian names on labels is ‘confusing’

The British Museum has been forced to apologise after being branded ‘racist’ and ‘imperialist’ because a curator said the use of Asian names on exhibition labels could be confusing.

During a live question and answer session on Twitter, Jane Portal, keeper of the Asian department at the museum, said: ‘Curators write the labels based on their specialist knowledge and they are edited by our Interpretation department.

‘We aim to be understandable by 16-year-olds. Sometimes Asian names can be confusing, so we have to be careful about using too many.’