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November 3, 2008

Edinburgh’s Parthenon to be restored

Posted at 2:04 pm in Acropolis

Edinburgh’s copy of the Parthenon is going to undergo restoration. It is interesting, that what starts as a mere copy can become a monument important enough to be seen as an entity to be restored in its own right – what started as a clone attains an identity of its own. The works will be on a somewhat smaller scale though the Acropolis restoration in Athens.


‘Athens of the North’ icon to undergo a Greek revival
Published Date: 01 November 2008

IT’S the iconic monument which helped cement Edinburgh’s reputation as the “Athens of the North” and looms large over the city’s skyline.

Now the National Monument on Calton Hill is to get a Greek revival as part of a £1 million project to breath new life into the Capital’s most prized monuments.
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September 18, 2008

Restoration of Parthenon frieze casts

Posted at 12:58 pm in Elgin Marbles

More information on the casts of the Parthenon sculptures in Edinburgh that are soon to be restored.

The Scotsman

Wednesday, 17th September 2008
College carves out art grant for its forgotten sculptures
Published Date: 17 September 2008

THEY may have been based on some of the world’s most famous and bitterly contested works of art, but until recently they were gathering dust in a city cupboard.

Now a collection of sculptures, which are one-off copies of the Elgin marbles, are to take pride of place at the Edinburgh College of Art – thanks to a £500,000 makeover.
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September 16, 2008

Parthenon frieze casts to undergo restoration

Posted at 12:43 pm in Elgin Marbles

Numerous sets of casts have been made of the Parthenon Frieze. Complete sets of casts are currently the only way to see the frieze in its entirety, as the majority of it is currently split between Athens & the British Museum.


Monday, 15th September 2008
‘Worthless’ casts to receive £½m revamp

A COLLECTION of 200-year-old plaster casts, once considered near-worthless copies of great Greek and Roman statues and carvings, have earned a £494,000 lottery grant.
The cash will enable the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) to conserve and restore them.

The casts have been used since the early 19th century as a teaching tool for students to practise drawing and painting. But they fell out of fashion with the advent of modern art programmes and were seen as having little intrinsic value.
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August 7, 2008

How Scotland should be dealing with the Elgin Marbles issue

Posted at 12:47 pm in Elgin Marbles

John Huntley follows up his earlier letter to the Scotsman, explaining the basis for how legal action could be taken in the Scottish courts over the Elgin Marbles.


Purchase or plunder? A clear case for Scottish court to decide
Published Date: 06 August 2008

LET’S go to Fife to see the Parthenon Marbles. We might have done, had Thomas Bruce had his way. The seventh Lord Elgin “acquired” them for his new mansion at Broomhall. Grand designs for a grand man.

Instead, we can see them in London’s British Museum, which “acquired” the “Elgin” Marbles in 1816.
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July 17, 2008

The Elgin Marbles under Scots law

Posted at 12:57 pm in Elgin Marbles

Another followup to John Huntley & Tom Minogue’s letters to the Scotsman on the Parthenon Marbles issue & how it could be handled.


Marbles under Scots Law

I was rather bemused that Tom Minogue (Letters, 15 July) first of all disagrees with my suggestion that the SNP government is guilty of hypocrisy in relation to the Elgin or Parthenon Marbles, but then goes on to encapsulate my argument rather eloquently. If it was his intention merely to state that the SNP are not alone among politicians in displaying such duplicity, then I readily agree, but that in itself does not mean that the cynicism of Alex Salmond’s government should not be e
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July 12, 2008

The Elgin Marbles issue exposes the SNP’s duplicity

Posted at 7:56 pm in Elgin Marbles, Similar cases

John Huntley’s letter last week has prompted this response, highlighting the differences in the approach of the Scottish National Party between cases where they can gain politically (such as the Lewis Chessmen) & cases where they believe that supporting it will not help drive their nationalist agenda (sch as the Elgin Marbles). This is a clear case of politics over-riding any moral or factual reasoning that might lie behind either of the cases.

The Scotsman

Marbles expose SNP
Saturday, 12th July 2008

John A K Huntley’s thought provoking Alternative Take (8 July) on the Elgin or Parthenon Marbles exposes Alex Salmond’s government for what it is in relation to Scotland’s supposed influence and power for good in the world.

It is quite clear that where there is political capital to be had from talking up all things Scottish, SNP government ministers will assume the moral high ground and pontificate relentlessly to those who might listen. However, suggest a situation where an eminent Scottish personality might be deemed to have acted beyond the pale, and the SNP doesn’t want to know. Even where the outcome (however unlikely) could have resulted in the repatriation to Athens of artefacts held in a British Institution.

Compare their reaction to Mr Huntley with the debates surrounding the Lewis Chessmen or the Stone of Destiny (neither of which were “stolen” from their original locations) and one can only marvel at the SNP’s political gymnastics.

Baird Terrace

July 1, 2008

Can the Parthenon Sculptures be compared to the Bayeux tapestry?

Posted at 12:37 pm in Elgin Marbles, Similar cases

John Huntley, follows my line of reasoning, in suggesting that any comparisons drawn between the Elgin Marbles & the Bayeux Tapestry are at best very weak. Comparing one case to another, misleads the public by distracting attention from the key issues behind each of the arguments.

The Scotsman

30 June 2008
Losing your marbles

It is inappropriate to make comparisons between the Parthenon Marbles and the “Bayeux” Tapestry (your report, 25 June). The Parthenon Marbles were removed from the Acropolis in Athens by Lord Elgin in circumstances of doubtful legality. Regardless of where the Bayeux Tapestry was created and by whom, there is no dispute that it is lawfully located in Bayeux (a Normandy possession of the Norman Kings of England).

Whereas there is a real dispute over legal ownership of the Parthenon Marbles, the issue over the Bayeux Tapestry is simply where it would be most appropriately displayed, however temporarily. Thus it is reasonable to speak of the “Bayeux” Tapestry, but inappropriate to speak of the “Elgin” Marbles, rather than the “Parthenon” Marbles while their legal ownership remains unclear.
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June 29, 2008

Should the Elgin Marbles issue be settled in court?

Posted at 12:30 pm in Elgin Marbles

Dunfermline policeman Tom Minogue suggests in response to EasyCruise’s adverts, that the most successful way to enable the return of the Parthenon Marbles will be in court.

The Scotsman

28 June 2008
Marbles must be settled in court

NEWS that the multi-millionaire founder of EasyJet, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, is set to launch a personal campaign for the reuniting of the Elgin marbles by placing adverts in newspapers is interesting, but hardly a new idea (‘EasyJet founder gets Elgin marbles campaign rolling’, June 15).
Various bodies have diplomatically campaigned for years to have the Parthenon Marbles reunited with the Parthenon. These diplomatic attempts have all ended in failure and much as I admire Stelios for trying, I fear his attempts will share the same fate.
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June 26, 2008

England also wants artefacts returned

Posted at 1:42 pm in Similar cases

It is usually the other way round – that the UK is faced with restitution claims for the artefacts in its museums & institutions, whether they are sculptures or human remains or other artefacts. Now though, there are claims that the Bayeux Tapestry should be returned from France, as it was originally made in England.

I have to say that this claim seems far weaker than most of the claims being made against England. The Bayeux Tapestry was made a very long time ago & although we can’t know the details, was likely moved freely within the country (which was controlled by Normandy at that time). Furthermore, it seems that England’s actual claim to have originally produced it is not universally accepted – it definitely does not have the clear provenance that many artefacts from other cultures now in the British Museum have. If the tapestry left the UK’s shores only a few years after it was made, surely its connection is now far stronger with the place that we have come to accept as it location rather than is original location (which can not be conclusively ascertained).

Notwithstanding the above issues, another issue exists of mobility could also be raised – this is not so much a valid argument as a point of comparison – how many English visitors can easily reached Normandy to visit the Tapestry in its current home, versus the number of residents from the area of Benin who can afford to travel to the British Museum?

The Scotsman

Tapestry row sparks new Norman conflict
Published Date: 25 June 2008
By Stephen McGinty

IT IS the most famous cartoon strip in history, the story of the Norman Conquest in 1066 detailed in colourful weave and stitch.

But the Bayeux Tapestry, one of France’s national treasures, was, historians now believe, actually made in Britain and should be repatriated.
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November 6, 2002

Newly discovered letter indicates that Elgin had no right to remove the Parthenon Sculptures

Posted at 1:03 pm in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

A letter dating to 1811, suggesting that the Seventh Earl of Elgin had no right to remove the Parthenon Sculptures has sold for £7,000 at auction. I’m very interested to see the full contents of the letter, to find out exactly what it reveals.

BBC News

Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 18:16 GMT
Elgin Marbles letter fetches £7,000

A letter which could help to resolve the row between Britain and Greece over the Elgin Marbles has been sold to a Greek buyer at auction for £7,000.

The handwritten 19th-Century letter, bought by an anonymous bidder from Athens, fetched seven times its reserve price after frantic bidding.
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