January 29, 2006

Should the British Museum ‘share’ the Elgin Marbles?

Posted at 6:42 pm in Elgin Marbles

Another response to the previous letter in The Times.
If anything, this contains a proposal for an alternative solution even more ridiculous than that put forward in the previous letter. I cannot quite understand how the author believes that a rotating shared ownership of one third of the sculptures exchanged with replicas would help anything – or indeed do anything other than lead to considerable confusion.

The Times

Letters to the Editor
The Times
January 28, 2006

Elgin Marbles
Sir, The British Museum needs to adopt a more constructive approach to the future of the Elgin Marbles (letters, Jan 21 and 25).

Let the New Acropolis Museum commission replicas of the Marbles, and there then be a formal arrangement with the British Museum for perhaps a third of the original main fragments to be exchanged on a revolving basis for their replicas.

There need be no change of “ownership” by the BM, nor would the majority of visitors be concerned that a minority of the Marbles on display were replicas. But for the Greeks there would be the joy of seeing, over a period of time, all the major fragments of their Parthenon Frieze in their own museum in the shadow of the Parthenon itself.

Much Hadham, Herts

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