British museums have been closing coffins and covering ancient mummies to placate offended protesters. Small groups such as the Pagan Organisation Honouring the Ancient Dead claim that it is against the religious beliefs of our ancestors to put bodies on show. Museums are becoming increasingly nervous about displaying human remains.
In Renaissance Rome, when strict laws punished those who spoke out against those who controlled the city, citizens began hanging their protests on certain statues, a practice which still exists today. Now the 'talking statues' are being restored. The humble statue was placed near Piazza Navona by Cardinal Carafa, who held