Michelle Donelan, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has announced the Parthenon Marbles “belong here in the UK“. Despite reports suggesting the British Museum is close to agreeing a deal with Greece, Donelan insisted that the ancient sculptures should not be returned.Continue reading
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Robot makes exact replica of Parthenon marble sculpture
Pressure is mounting on the British Museum to return the celebrated Parthenon marbles to Greece as a convincing life-size replica made by a robot goes on display in London. Over the years, the British and Greek governments have hotly disputed the ownership of the marbles, which were removed by the British from Athens between 1801 and 1805.Continue reading
Formal talks planned over Parthenon Marbles, but forty years on will anything be resolved?
The repatriation of the ‘Elgin Marbles’ in the British Museum back to the Acropolis in Athens has been the subject of official debate for nearly forty years, since Greece first put in a request for the objects to be returned in 1983. Now, only a year after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson firmly reiterated that they would not be returned, UNESCO has announced that both the U.K. and Greece have agreed to hold formal talks about the status of the marbles.Continue reading
British Museum celebrates Pride Month with permanent display of LGBTQ+ objects
During Pride Month, the British Museum has announced the permanent display of five objects that will look back at LGBTQ+ history through the ages. The little-known gay history of one of the most famous objects in the world, the Rosetta Stone, will now be included in the museum’s LGBTQ+ tours too.
Brexit deal could force British Museum to repatriate Elgin Marbles
The British Museum could lose its marbles over Brexit, following the announcement of a controversial draft document that details a potential trade deal with the EU.
British Museum displays long lost Rossetti painting
One of the “most astonishing” and obscure watercolours by Dante Gabriel Rossetti will go on public display at the British Museum this week. Continue reading
British Museum director declares Parthenon Marbles will not be returned
The director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, sparked outrage last month following his suggestion that the removal of the Parthenon marbles from Greece in the 19th century could be viewed as “creative”. Continue reading
UK museums oppose clampdown on ivory trade
A campaign by the Duke of Cambridge to enforce a total ban on the ivory trade has been met by a wave of opposition from prominent UK museums, historians and antiques experts.
Current legislation prohibits the sale of ivory items carved after 1947. Now government ministers are considering proposals to extend the ban on the ivory trade to objects over 70 years old. Continue reading
UK rejects Greece’s appeal to negotiate the return of the ever-controversial Elgin marbles
At the end of last month the British Museum and the UK Government formally declined UNESCO’s request to enter into mediation on the subject of transferring the Parthenon marbles back to Greece. Removed by Lord Elgin from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the 1800s, the marbles were sold to the British Museum in 1816 and have remained there ever since. The sculptures date from 447-432 BC, and are divided between London and a purpose built museum in Athens. Continue reading