November 29, 2007

Parthenon Marbles Early Day Motion

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

Andrew George MP (Liberal Democrat) has tabled a new Early Day Motion on the Elgin Marbles & the opening of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens next year. An amended EDM arguing against the general spirit of the first has been tables by Peter Luff MP (Conservative).
Andrew George recently became chair of the Marbles Reunited campaign.

Parliamentary Information Management Web Site

EDM 433

George, Andrew

That this House welcomes the development of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens which is planned to open next year and which clearly demonstrates the capacity of the Greek authorities to receive and satisfactorily install those marbles from the Parthenon which were, in the past, removed in previous periods, including the so-called Elgin Marbles; notes that the principles of the restitution of museum items is now well established, which include the British Museum’s return of Aboriginal remains to Australia under the Human Tissue Act 2004 and a number of fragments from the Parthenon and the Acropolis to Greece from collections in Germany, Sweden and elsewhere; believes that the opening of the New Acropolis Museum will give the British Museum a golden opportunity to demonstrate its goodwill towards the project; and calls on the Government to work with the British Museum to open a dialogue with the Greek authorities to arrange for the proper restitution of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

George, Andrew
O’Hara, Edward
Llwyd, Elfyn
Wyatt, Derek
Abbott, Diane
Harris, Evan
Holmes, Paul
Sanders, Adrian
Jones, Lynne
Caton, Martin
Conway, Derek
Cummings, John
Dismore, Andrew
Drew, David
Gibson, Ian
Lepper, David
McCafferty, Chris
Breed, Colin
Clelland, David
Durkan, Mark
Taylor, David
Willis, Phil
Cryer, Ann
Clapham, Michael
Dobbin, Jim
Flynn, Paul
Rennie, Willie
Prentice, Gordon
Simpson, Alan
McDonnell, Alasdair
Moffatt, Laura
Etherington, Bill
Gray, James
Anderson, David
Gerrard, Neil
Williams, Mark

Parliamentary Information Management Web Site

EDM 433A1

Luff, Peter

leave out from `year’ to end and insert `but rejects calls for the relocation of the so-called Elgin Marbles; notes that such a relocation would set a dangerous and unworkable precedent, potentially leading to requests from all nations, including the UK, for the return of historic relics to their country of origin; believes such a move would damage global understanding of different cultures and severely limit academic research; and further notes that the Elgin Marbles were acquired lawfully and have been on display to the public free of charge for over 200 years and have been excellently preserved and cared for by the British Museum.’.

Luff, Peter
Loughton, Tim

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