Parthenon Marbles

Hellenic Electronic Center (HEC) For the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles

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The Parthenon marbles at the British Museum in London. (Facundo Arrizabalaga)

“The Parthenon Sculptures are a product of theft and therefore, Greece will never recognise ownership and possession by the British Museum”
Lina Mendoni, Greek Minister of Culture

World Culture Day 2020 – the Ministry of Culture and Sports, in cooperation with the International Committees for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures, opened a new chapter in the claim for the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Greece.
An explosive of neo-Hellenism letter was sent to the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, by the Presidents of the Committees, who, in view of 2021 bicentennial, are proposing coordinated pressure on the British Museum to decide on the final and permanent return of Parthenon sculptures to their birthplace, in Athens.

See full Urgent Request for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures (in Greek – στα Ελληνικά)

The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet is described as “stolen Iraqi property” in a civil complaint filed Monday. Federal authorities say the tablet was illegally imported into the US and they want the rare artifact returned to Iraq.

The artifact was sold to a US craft store for $1.6 million in an auction for display in the Washington, D.C.-based Museum of the Bible. Prosecutors allege that the auction house deliberately withheld information about its origins.

The 3,500-year-old artifact bears text from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s oldest works of literature.

Sources: BBC, NPR

🇬🇧 Students from Crete visiting the British Museum, in a touching and original way, are protesting the stay of the Parthenon Sculptures in London. The students were there on an educational excursion.

🇬🇷 Μαθητές από την Κρήτη που βρέθηκαν στο Βρετανικό Μουσείο, με ένα συγκινητικό και πρωτότυπο τρόπο, διαμαρτύρονται για την παραμονή των Γλυπτών του Παρθενώνα στο Λονδίνο. Τα παιδιά βρέθηκαν εκεί σε πλαίσιο εκπαιδευτικής εκδρομής.

It seems there is some movement by the UK government and the Arts Council England, soliciting

new guidance for the UK museum sector on the restitution and repatriation of cultural objects“.

The following solicitation has been posted on 10-Jan-2020 to Contracts Finding by 

Published date: 10 January 2020

Description

Arts Council England (ACE) seeks a supplier to produce new guidance for the UK museum sector on the restitution and repatriation of cultural objects. The overarching aim of this work is to create a comprehensive and practical resource for museums to support them in dealing confidently and proactively with all aspects of restitution.

Restitution and repatriation of objects in museum collections is an area of increasing focus and debate across the UK and international museum sector. This is particularly, although not exclusively, focused on objects in Western museums acquired by European nations from former colonies, and links to wider agendas around decolonising museums. There is significant government, public and press interest and increasing calls for action by UK museums and sector bodies to address this agenda.

Following initial discussions facilitated by ACE with colleagues from across the UK museum sector it was agreed that new practical guidance for museums is an appropriate first step in response, and that ACE as the national development body for museums in England and with its statutory responsibilities for cultural property is best-placed to lead this work. The most recent sector guidance, published in 2000 by the Museums and Galleries Commission, is now out of print and very out of date.

It is anticipated that this work will be undertaken through a review of existing research and evidence as well as extensive consultation with practitioners and stakeholders across and beyond the UK museum sector, to identify key challenges, opportunities, practical and ethical issues and examples of best practice in the UK and internationally.

This work will also inform ACE’s policy and strategy on this rapidly developing agenda and help identify further potential further actions for ACE and other sector bodies to support museums, facilitate ongoing dialogue and promote best practice across the sector.

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The Parthenon Marbles
According to an announcement by the Athens Bar Association, in execution of the plenary session of the Greek Bar Association Presidents and recognizing the national character of the effort and the need for broader representation and participation, an invitation to nominate representatives was sent to 58 countries. including Universities, NGOs, Higher Unions and Scientific Institutions.

The committee will be co-chaired by the Plenary of the Presidents of Greek Bar Associations and will initially be multilateral and subsequently set up a small Executive Board, which will be responsible for coordinating the work of the committee and executing its decisions.

At the same time a small Executive Council will then be set up, with responsibility for coordinating the work of the committee and implementing its decisions. A specialized legal team will also be set up to provide legal coverage in relation to the  claim.

Source: iEfimerida

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