Since the formation of this committee in 1981, our members have made frequent visits to both the British Museum and over the past 10 years since it’s inception, the Acropolis Museum. It goes without saying that the Acropolis Museum is peerless, an outstanding example of world’s best practice in 21st Century Museology.
Fair and morally imperative
Opening the recent international conference, The reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos affirmed that the, “reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures is institutionally fair and morally imperative.”
Co-organised by the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures and the Acropolis Museum, the event was held in the Museums amphitheatre
The Parthenon’s colourful frieze
One of the highlights of the visit, apart from the remarkable presence that all of the sculpture have at the foot of the Parthenon, were the new audiovisual displays. We wasted no time in capturing a few moments of the display on an iPhone. Apologies for the poor quality images.
A brilliant and sincere exposition of the case for the Reunification from @HellenaMicy, broadcast on Facebook live for World Heritage Day ΕΠΙΣΤΡΟΦΗ
This scene changes through the seasons. In spring new growth allows for a beautiful contrast with the Pentelic Marbles creations adorning the Acropolis
Contrasts are heightened in the spring
The Parthenon viewed from the southwest. It is clear that the Parthenon has a dynamic relationship with its biophysical environment.
These images were captured during our recent visit to Athens for the International Conference on the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures. Held under the auspices of H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic.
The late Eddie O’Hara, a former member of the United Kingdom House of Commons and the European Parliament speaking to Colloquy 2013 in Sydney, via video. Eddie makes the point that the Acropolis Museum makes no pretension to be a universal museum, by contrast, it focuses on presenting the most comprehensive and holistic description of the Acropolis and its monuments.
Parthenon Sculptures: Why Truth matters
Anna Marangou argued in part that, “The Parthenon Sculptures: Why the Truth Matters” “…education, and especially education through Museums, is vital for the continued awareness of the Parthenon Marbles. As the world is changing rapidly and new values, new tendencies, and new visions appear, the real story of the Parthenon and the consequences of the “illegality” of the purchase of parts of the most important monument of the planet by the British Museum is left in the shadows. Education in the 21st century should reveal the truth through globally accepted historical facts”.
The Parthenon: An Icon of Global Citizenship
With the theme Parthenon: An Icon of Global Citizenship Colloquy 2013 was organised by this Committee. We welcomed people campaigning for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles from all over the world.
The linking of diverse people underscored a new chapter in global citizenship with the Parthenon as the symbolic and the actual point of unity.
In his opening address to Colloquy 2013, our Chairman, Emanuel J Comino AM JP, reminded us of the foundational role played by Melina Mercouri former Minister of Culture and Sciences in Greece, in instigating the modern campaign for reunification.
The importance of Melina Mercouri
On July 29, 1982, Melina Mercouri, addressed the World Conference on Cultural Policies, organised by UNESCO, in Mexico. She told the world that the Parthenon Marbles must be returned to Greece. The following year she asked our committee to assist the newly formed British Committee, now known as The British Committee for Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (BCRPM), in whatever way we could.
Since that time we have maintained a close association with the BCRPM.
Moreover, we acknowledge the important contribution Melina Mercouri has made