Tiffany Jenkins is writer and cultural sociologist who splits her time between London and Edinburgh. A regular commentator on cultural and social issues, she has a weekly column in the Scotsman newspaper. Other writing credits include the Art Newspaper, Apollo Magazine, Independent, Guardian & Spectator.
Her next book – Keeping Their Marbles: How Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums and Why They Should Stay There – tells the intriguing and sometimes bloody story of how the West came to acquire their treasures over the centuries, and explores why museums have become the target for repatriation claims in recent decades. She argues that the objects so many want back should remain where they are – in the museums of the West – and should not now be returned to the lands from which they came: the Elgin Marbles belong in the British Museum. Keeping Their Marbles will be published in early 2016 by Oxford University Press.
She is the author of Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority which looks at the influences at play on the controversy over human remains, and she is the editor of Political Culture, Soft Interventions and National Building.