How a British family made the costliest mistake by damaging an 800-year-old stone coffin

An 800-year-old coffin fell on the floor of a British museum and broke down after a visitor tried to put a child in it to take a picture. The tile object in which a monk was apparently buried was exposed to the Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, Essex, when it was knocked down by someone who raised a child over the protective barrier. Instead of announcing and taking responsibility for the incident on August 4, the surveillance cameras show the guilty people running away and leaving the coffin overturned with a deep crack and a triangular piece missing from the middle. Museum staff said the repairs would be “very expensive”. Given the historical importance of the object, they said they would do their best to restore it.

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