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February 29, 2004

Could the return of the Elgin Marbles aid Scottish Museums?

Posted at 1:58 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

An exchange of artefacts in return for the Restitution of the Elgin Marbles could be beneficial beyond the context of the British Museum.

From:
The Scotsman

Saturday, 28th February 2004
Elgin Marbles plan to aid museums
JOHN ROSS

SCOTTISH museums could benefit from a plan to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece, it has been claimed.

The Scottish launch of the Marbles Reunited campaign is being held in Inverness tonight, with the aim of persuading the government and the British Museum in London to agree to release the marbles on long-term loan in time for the Olympic Games in Athens.
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Marbles Reunited at the Athens Concert Hall

Posted at 1:55 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

The Marbles Reunited campaign has organised an exhibition about the Elgin Marbles that is currently on display at the Athens Concert Hall.

From:
Kathimerini (English Edition)

Saturday February 28, 2004
‘The Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles: A Cultural Imperative’
HELBI

Nothing can stop an idea when it’s time has come, and now that 80 percent of the British people have agreed in a poll that it is time for the British Museum to give the Parthenon Marbles back to Greece, the process has been set in motion. The decision is up to the British government. The British Museum is the cultural body charged with guarding and exhibiting the “Elgin” Marbles — that is, the Parthenon Marbles, taken down and taken away by Lord Elgin, who was then the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. However, the cause can be helped by the presence of someone with the stature of the president of Greece, Costis Stephanopoulos, a personage who can achieve as much as a dozen exhibitions, petitions and speeches. Read the rest of this entry »

February 6, 2004

Liverpool gallery makes U-turn over Elgin Marbles exhibition

Posted at 2:11 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

Liverpool’s Walker art gallery has decided not to allow the exhibiting of an exhibition on the Parthenon Sculptures following controversy in the local press. This is a great shame, as it appears that similar changes of mind take place all to often when certain elements of the museums establishment put pressure on others who dare to stick their heads above the parapet without permission.
There are however, still many other exhibitions planned around the country by the Marbles Reunited campaign, which are still taking place as planned.

From:
The Guardian

Gallery’s u-turn over Marbles
David Ward
Thursday February 5, 2004
The Guardian

One of the country’s leading galleries has changed its mind and decided not to hire out a room to campaigners who want the Elgin marbles to be returned to Greece.

The Marbles Reunited campaign chose Liverpool for one of its regional launches next week because the city’s Walker art gallery has casts from some of the marbles.
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Glasgow’s museums may benefit from return of the Marbles

Posted at 1:52 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

Scotland’s Museums may be among institutions to benefit if a reciprocal loan agreement is made with Greece when the Elgin Marbles are returned.

From:
Evening Times (Glasgow)

Trade bid to return the Elgin Marbles
5th February 2004
Gordon Thomson

GLASGOW’S museums may be chosen to display priceless antiquities if a campaign to re-home the Elgin Marbles succeeds.

The news comes ahead of a campaign to return the ancient sculptures to Greece.
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January 29, 2004

Controversy over Parthenon Marbles hits Liverpool gallery

Posted at 2:07 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

After agreeing to host an exhibition on the return of the Parthenon Marbles, a Liverpool Gallery has been hit by a storm of protests claiming that they should not be expressing their support for the issue.

From:
IC Liverpool

News
Marbles row hits gallery
Jan 28 2004
By Mark Hookham, Daily Post

THE Walker art gallery was at the centre of a political storm last night after agreeing to host the launch of a campaign to strip the British Museum of the Elgin Marbles.

The great-great-grandson of Lord Elgin last night said it was “monstrous” for the gallery to host the launch of the Marbles Reunited campaign in the North West.
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January 26, 2004

Issues raised in press coverage of the Elgin Marbles

Posted at 2:00 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

Responses to some of the press coverage of the launch of the Marbles Reunited campaign.

From:
The Times

January 25, 2004
Letters to the Editor: Riddle of the Elgin marbles

YOUR articles, Public shows huge support for return of Elgin marbles and Oi, hands off our marbles! (News, January 11 and News Review, last week), raised some controversial points. The British Museum’s claim to legal ownership of the marbles “because it paid for them in the 19th century” is incorrect. The marbles were purchased in 1816 by the government of the day, with £35,000 of public money, and vested in the British Museum.

The claim that the British Museum “has never had a formal written request for the marbles’ return” may well be true — but British governments over the years have certainly had formal requests from Greece.
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January 21, 2004

Is the campaign for the return of the Marbles “ill informed”?

Posted at 1:28 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

This article seems to dwell too much on the effort Elgin made to remove the marbles from Athens, rather than the simpler (& more relevant question) of what is the right thing to do now.

From:
Daily Telegraph

This marbles madness
(Filed: 21/01/2004)

A new bid to return the Elgin marbles to Greece is ill-informed and has appalling implications for all our museums, says Richard Dorment

Anyone can understand why a patriotic Greek might want the Elgin marbles returned to Athens. It is a harder to fathom the motivation of British supporters of what, on the face of it, is a hopeless cause.
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January 20, 2004

Greece wants Elgin Marbles returned in time for Olympics

Posted at 1:58 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

Greece wants the Parthenon Sculptures returned to Athens in time for the Olympics later this year. They are stepping up their campaigning to try & make sure that this happens.

From:
ABC News (Australia)

Greece wants Elgin Marbles returned in time for Olympics
The World Today – Tuesday, 20 January , 2004 12:54:00
Reporter: Fran Kelly

PETER CAVE: Greece appears to have won over the British public in its latest bid to have the Elgin marbles returned in time for the Olympics this year, to Athens.

Polling shows three out of four Britons believe that the priceless Greek antiquities ripped from the Parthenon by a former British Ambassador to Constantinople at the start of the 19th century should be returned to Greece.
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Can Greece be trusted with the Marbles?

Posted at 1:52 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

The recent launch of the Marbles Reunited campaign & the flood of editorial pieces following it has stirred up controversy in the letters pages of many newspapers.

From:
The Times

January 20, 2004
Who owns the Elgin Marbles?

The present Lord Elgin says that Greece cannot be trusted to look after the Marbles. Should we keep them?
THE question conjures up Lord Elgin, from an era of privileged appropriation, versus the Greek nation, natural guardians of aboriginal Western civilisation, in unseemly dispute over the toy cupboard: no surprise that polls indicate popular support for sending back the sculptures. Yet, of course, it’s not that simple. Both sides claim moral and legal priority (hardly surprising, given the ill-recorded and disputatious circumstances of what occurred in Athens two centuries ago). Yet history does not help. We should instead be asking ourselves, what do we really care about now?

Who cares about ancient art or archaeology? Not, apparently, the Greek Government, for whom it is more important to build an empty museum to house the sculptures than it is to recover evidence that could have furthered understanding of the people who created the Parthenon, which was destroyed when the museum was built.
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January 15, 2004

Eighty One percent of Britains support loan of the Elgin Marbles

Posted at 2:17 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

A survey commissioned by the Marbles Reunited campaign shows that more than eighty percent of people in Britain would support the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens in the form of a long term loan.

From:
Kathimerini (English Edition)

Thursday January 15, 2004
Marbles: Good news and bad

As new poll data published yesterday showed that 81 percent of Britons back a long-term loan of the Elgin, or Parthenon, Marbles to Greece, Athens yesterday admitted that the new museum in which it proposes to display the sculptures will be far from completion during the Summer Olympics.

Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos said the 94-million-euro project for a new museum in the Makriyianni district under the ancient citadel – already some 19 months behind schedule – fell foul of court challenges brought by archaeologists and local residents, who argue that the building will irreparably damage important antiquities found on the site.
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Marbles Reunited campaign launch

Posted at 2:10 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

The Marbles Reunited campaign draws on high profile supporters to raise awareness for the issue of the Parthenon Marbles.

From:
The Guardian

Group Demands U.K. Return Elgin Marbles
Thursday January 15, 2004 12:16 AM
By BETH GARDINER
Associated Press Writer

LONDON (AP) – Activists launched a fresh bid Wednesday to persuade the British Museum to return ancient sculptures from the Parthenon to Greece, saying even a loan would be a huge step forward.

The activists, whose group is called Marbles Reunited, said Greece had suggested the British Museum retain ownership and control over the so-called Elgin Marbles but display them on long-term loan at a museum being built at the Acropolis in Athens.
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Return the Parthenon Sculptures for the Olympics

Posted at 2:02 pm in Elgin Marbles, Marbles Reunited

Robin Cook, who has just launched the Marbles Reunited campaign, writes about why now is the ideal time for the Elgin Marbles to be returned to Greece.

From:
The Scotsman

Thu 15 Jan 2004
Olympic bid is perfect time to return Elgin Marbles
ROBIN COOK

YESTERDAY, Marbles Reunited was launched by a number of British citizens who believe that the proper place for the Parthenon Marbles is back at the Acropolis, where they stood for 2,000 years until Lord Elgin pulled them down. The campaign starts with the favourable wind in its sails of an opinion poll that confirms public support by a wide margin for restoring the Marbles to Athens.

That should prompt some serious heart-searching among the trustees of the British Museum. It is one thing for them to resist demands of Greek governments. It is quite another for them to defy the wishes of the British people, on whose behalf they act as trustees.
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