April 4, 2012

Why the Acropolis Museum is the most appropriate place for the Parthenon Marbles

Posted at 12:42 pm in Elgin Marbles, New Acropolis Museum

A reader responds to the article in the Guardian about the reasons why the Parthenon Marbles weren’t the only special case for restitution.


Series: Brief letters
Tuesday 3 April 2012 21.00 BST

Mike Pitts (Can we have our past back?, G2, 3 April) writes “it should be noted that none of the Parthenon sculptures can be set on the original building, they have to be exhibited in museums, wherever they may be”. There is only one appropriate museum, constructed in the hope of the sculptures’ eventual return: the excellent Acropolis museum. Here there is a full-scale reconstruction of the Parthenon, on the same alignment, and within view of it. The casts that now adorn it could be sent to Britain, and the originals returned to their rightful place.

Mary Lambell
Reigate, Surrey

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