November 13, 2007

Is their any benefit with negotiating in the correct way with the British Museum

Posted at 2:03 pm in British Museum, Similar cases

Neil MacGregor has in the past said that restitution claims against his museum have not been made officially, or in the correct way. It seems though that even if they are, it makes little difference to how they are dealt with.

Time Magazine Blogs

November 13, 2007 8:43
Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Just two weeks ago Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, was telling me that Egypt’s loan request to his museum for the Rosetta Stone, which it wants temporarily for the opening of Cairo’s Grand Museum in 2012, was made in precisely the right way. (This in contrast to Greek attempts to borrow the Elgin Marbles, which get sticky because the Greeks won’t acknowledge first that the Trustees of the British Museum are the marbles’ rightful owners.) Let the record show that MacGregor wasn’t prepared yet to say that his museum would say yes to the Egyptians either. Now Zawi Hawass, Egypt’s very high profile culture minister, is complaining that the Brits are stalling.

I think this is called conducting negotiations in public.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Possibly related articles

1 Comment »

  1. DR.KWAME OPOKU said,

    05.13.08 at 6:42 pm

    It has become clear that the British Museum will do anything except return a cultural object to its country of origin mainly becasue of the fear that this may set a precedent for the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles. But is this a reasonable fear? Will Britain lose its status in the world if the Marbles finally went back to Athens? Why can the British not imagine a magnanimous gesture and return the Marbles to Athens,after all nobody,not even the British Museum doubts that they are Athenian? Kwame Opoku.

RSS feed for comments on this post · TrackBack URL

Leave a Comment

We want to hear your views. Be as critical or controversial as you like, but please don't get personal or offensive. Remember this is for feedback and constructive discussion!
Comments may be edited or removed if they do not meet these guidelines. Repeat offenders will be blocked from posting further comments. Any comment deemed libellous by Elginism's editors will be removed.
The commenting system uses some automatic spam detection and occasionally comments do not appear instantly - please do not repost comments if they do not show up straight away