#TOIDW The cultural artefacts taken by British troops from Ghana’s Asante Riyal Court during colonial times will be returned to Ghana.But now the 32 items will be returned under a three-year loan agreement with the option to extend for a further three years. The Victoria and Albert Museum both located in London are lending 17 objects. Some of the pieces are part of the Asante Royal Regalia and are a part of great historical and spiritual importance to Ghana. However, the loan agreements were not made with Ghana’s government but with the current Asante king, known as Asantehene.The objects will be displayed in the Manhyia Palace Museum in Kumasi, the capital of the former Asante kingdom. But why just lend them back? Some national museums in the UK are banned by law from permanently returning contested items. The British government has released guidance, advising cultural institutions that are holding contested assets to keep them and explain the historical background. But in recent years calls for stolen items to be returned.