It was impossible to replace many of the unique and important objects that had been destroyed during the Blitz. But the War Damage Fund did mean that the museum’s curators could buy high prized objects that came up for sale at auction.
The museum’s curators browsed auction catalogues and worked with dealers to find objects that would help rebuild the collections. These new objects would also look impressive when they went on display. World Museum was not only rebuilding its collections, but its reputation as a museum of national importance.
This bronze tripod from Cyprus was one of many objects bought at auction between the 1960s and 1980s.