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Marbles Reunited News

Newsletter of the Marbles Reunited Campaign No. 10 Autumn 2013

The Acropolis Museum Continues to Amaze as it celebrates its fourth successful year and being voted third best museum in the world.

The new Acropolis Museum recently celebrated its fourth birthday. Since its opening, the museum has received significant recognition throughout the world for its architecture and exhibitions and the conservation work done.

visitors attending the museum and expressing their admiration for the establishment through social media. One of the most recent examples is Stephen Fry who visited the museum in April.

This ongoing recognition of the museum’s The British Sunday Times ranked the new Acropolis importance can only strengthen the argument Museum as the third best in the world, after the for reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. Smithsonian in Washington DC and the British Museum. This was a noteworthy placement for the new Acropolis Museum, as in its fourth year of operation it was placed ahead of other longstanding institutions.

“This ongoing recognition of the museum’s importance can only strengthen the argument for reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.” Marbles Reunited News

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In 2012 the museum was awarded the International Institute for Conservation KECK Award for its contribution towards promoting and understanding and appreciation of the accomplishments of the conservation profession. There has also been no shortage of high-profiled

Professor Pandermalis and Stephen Fry in the Parthenon Gallery page 1


Andrew George MP meets with Greek Officials

Participants will include: Tom Flynn (Art historian and writer), Louis Godart (Director for the Conservation of Artistic Heritage of the Italian President), Henry Porter (Journalist and author), Maurice Davies (Head of to discuss the matter of reunification of the policy and communication of the London-based MuParthenon sculptures seums Association), Miguel Ángel Martínez Martínez (Vice-president of the European Parliament), Dusan Sidjanski (Chairman of the Swiss Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles and Honorary Chairman of the European Cultural Centre), and Rodi Kratsa (MEP)

Further information will soon be available at www. parthenon-suisse.ch and www.facebook.com/suisse. parthenon. The chairman of Marbles Reunited, MP Andrew George, visited Athens in May. During his visit he met with Kostas Tzavaras, the alternate Minister of Culture as well as the Greek Advisory Committee in order to discuss the nature of the dialogue between Greece and the British authorities which has been ongoing since the late 80s and facilitated primarily through UNESCO meetings. Andrew George discussed the prospects for a more meaningful and mutually productive dialogue. He also met up with Greek MP Spyridon Tsaliadouros, who expressed gratitude for the advice and support given. On the 24th of June Panos Panagiotopoulos was appointed as new Minister of Culture in Greece. Andrew George has since corresponded with Mr Panagiotopoulos and a follow-up meeting may be scheduled for the Autumn.

A double celebration for Athens

European parliament round table discussion

Professor Charalambos Bouras, President of the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments (ESMA), receives the Grand Prix award from Androula Vasileiou and Plácido Domingo.

the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles: a European concern

at the Europa Nostra cultural heritage awards

On the 16th June a ceremony was held at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the winners of the Europa Nostra prize of cultural heritage. Greece played host to the ceremony but was doubly honoured as the recipient of the public choice award for conservation done on the Propylaea as well as the selection of the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments being nominated as one of the seven Grand Prix winners selected by expert juries. The other six winners were:

The Swiss Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles, under the chairmanship of Prof. Dusan Sidjanski, is organising an important round table discussion in collaboration with European parliamentarian Rodi Kratsa. Titled “The Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles: a European concern”, the colloquy is to be held at • Tallinn Seaplane Harbour, ESTONIA the European Parliament in Brussels on October • Roman Theatre of Medellin, SPAIN 15th 2013, from 14:00 to 16:00. • Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, UNITED KINGDOM Its aim is to motivate European actors to actively • Restoration of the Exceptional Machines of Wielemans-Ceuppens promote the return of the Parthenon Marbles Brewery, Brussels, BELGIUM and raise awareness in Europe. The colloquy will • Association for the Promotion of Art and Culture in the Eastern offer a forum for discussion and will also serve to Part of Germany (VKF), Berlin, GERMANY inform MEPs. • SOS Azulejo Project, Loures, PORTUGAL Marbles Reunited News

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David Cameron’s no to ‘returnism’ The Mentor Shipwreck a simplistic and inadequate concept

underwater excavations on the ship that carried the Parthenon sculptures

By Eddie O’Hara Chairman of the BCRPM

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On a recent visit to India, David Cameron was questioned about demands for the return to India of the Koh-i-Noor diamond. In reply he compared this with demands for the return of the “Elgin Marbles” and declared that he was opposed to such “returnism”.

“ he does not appreciate what a simplistic and inadequate concept ‘Returnism’ is. Each case must be judged on its individual merits.”

John Fardoulis is the founder of the Kytherian Research Group (KRG) which was registered in Sydney in 2010. The group are responsible for a number of Kythera-based archaeological projects including the underwater excavations of the Mentor shipwreck. The various items found during these excavations offer an insight into the passengers’ lives, beliefs and behaviour during those times. This has lead to further research into where the passengers were before the ill-fated Mentor voyage and what they achieved later in life. John mentions an example whereby two of the individuals on board were in Egypt just after the Battle of Alexandria (a year prior to the sinking of the Mentor), and were involved in taking the Rosetta Stone to London.

By a piquant coincidence there was at the same time a furore in the British tabloid press about the mysterious removal from a building in London of a piece of masonry containing a painting by the notorious graffiti artist Banksy and its appearance in an auction room in the USA. This prompted Eddie O’Hara to write as follows to the Journal of the Museums Association: Photo courtesy of the KRG group The fact that Mr Cameron conjoined two such widely differing cases as the Koh-i-Noor diamond and the Parthenon Sculptures and the fact that he called the latter “The Mentor excavations the “Elgin Marbles” suggests that he does not appreciate have helped raise pubwhat a simplistic and inadequate concept “Returnism” is. lic awareness about Elgin Each case must be judged on its individual merits. In the case of the Parthenon Sculptures it is the probably unique and the Mentor’s cargo demand for the REUNIFICATION of integral sculptural of Parthenon sculptures” components of a UNESCO world heritage fixed monument, acquired by Lord Elgin in circumstances that were at best John Fardoulis dubious in an act of cultural vandalism. The Mentor excavations have helped raise public awareness about Elgin and the Mentor’s cargo of Parthenon sculptures through coverage of Eddie comments further: By the way did Mr Cameron not notice the simultaneous the project on television, radio, in newspapers outburst of “Returnism” in the British popular press at and magazines around the world. Video footage the removal in dubious circumstances for sale abroad and photographs have been taken during these of a Banksy mural from a London building whose only underwater excavations with publishing and the possibility of broadcasting in mind. cultural pretension was this spray on addition?

More on this article can be found here: http://bit.ly/14R3yaT

For the latest news regarding this project please visit the KRG website http://krg.org.au/mentor/

Regardless of what the future historians shall say, what we can say now, is that Greece gave Mussolini an unforgettable lesson, that she was the motive for the revolution in Yugoslavia, that she held the Germans in the mainland and in Crete for six weeks, that she upset the chronological order of all German High Command’s plans and thus brought a general reversal of the entire course of the war and we won. Sir Anthony Eden - Prime Minister 1955 - 1957 Marbles Reunited News

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British author supports reunification Parthenon Marbles in BM are out of context

In 2010 Andrew Sykes, a French language teacher and cycling enthusiast, decided to cycle from Reading to Puglia in Italy. A year later it resulted in a book titled Good Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie.

cause for reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. He found the monument itself awe-inspiring and felt that the new Acropolis Museum is spectacular. Andrew claimed that the Parthenon Gallery in the Acropolis Museum was nothing like the drab and uninspiring Duveen Gallery in the British Museum. Andrew will share his thoughts on the matter of

This year he has decided to follow up this adventure with an even greater one, cycling from Cape Sounion in Greece all the way to Cape St Vincent in Portugal. Andrew’s proposed route was going to include a two-day stop in Athens. While here he Andrew Sykes standing below the Propylaea on the sacred rock was intent on touching on the matter of reunification of the of the Acropolis Parthenon sculptures. reunification in his upcoming book, which will be released next summer. Until then you can find out Andrew arranged a visit to the British Museum before em- more on Andrew’s blog. barking on his cycling marathon. He was left with the opinion that the marbles looked out of context. Marbles Reunited met up with him in Athens for a tour of the Acropolis monument http://www.cyclingeurope.org and the new Acropolis Museum. Within minutes of meeting him it was clear that Andrew Sykes is a great supporter of the

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Why are we unable to show the same magnanimity to others that was shown to us ?

Written by Angelos Economou

Now here’s a story I read the other day: Just after World War II, a group of Americans purchased the original, illustrated manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Underground from the Philadelphian book collector Abraham Rosenbach. He had bought it in auction when an ageing and destitute Alice Liddel had decided to sell it.

Friends of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. c/o Time & Tide Shipping Ltd 2nd Floor, 21 New Row London, WC2N 4LE Tel: +44 (0)845 5194 574 campaign@marblesreunited.org.uk http://www.marblesreunited.org.uk

Alice was the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s iconic children’s stories. These Americans felt that such a manuscript belonged in Britain and in recognition of Britain’s bravery in the war, presented it to the British Library where it now resides. At about the same time, and even up to Harold Macmillan’s tenure in 1957, talk of returning the Parthenon Marbles to Athens, for not dissimilar reasons, was discussed but came to nothing.

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Why are we unable to show the same magnanimity to others that was shown to us?

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Honorary President: Eddie O’ Hara Chairman: Andrew George MP Vice Chairman: Rea Hajifanis Treasurer: Matthew Taylor Secretary: Angelos Economou

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