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There are a number of organisations committed and passionately campaigning for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures. This page includes some of them as well as highlighted resources, events, or initiatives that we believe are worth mentioned.
The British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles
We are a group of British people who having considered the case for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles strongly support it and wish to campaign to achieve it.
The inspiration came from Melina Mercouri’s passionate appeal to help return the Parthenon Marbles to their rightful home in Athens, at the International Conference of Ministers of Culture in Mexico, August 1982. The idea to set up a British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles came from James Cubitt, a distinguished British architect. He firmly believed that the Parthenon Marbles, as integral architectural members of a unique and internationally valuable monument, should be assembled together in a museum as close to the Acropolis as possible. This would restore the beauty and meaning of the Parthenon, as well as its physical and scholarly integrity.
International Organising Committer – AUSTRALIA – for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles
Our mission is the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles. We want to see all existing pieces from the monument, scattered in museums and private collections around the world, returned to their place of origin. Athens Greece.
International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures
The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures promotes the reunification of the surviving Parthenon Sculptures in the Acropolis Museum in Athens. It works in close contact with the Hellenic authorities.
Austrian Committee shares the goal of “The reunification of all surviving Parthenon Sculptures in the New Acropolis Museum in Athens”
The Luxemburg Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures
The Luxembourg Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures promotes the reunification of the surviving Parthenon Sculptures in the Acropolis Museum in Athens. It works in close contact with the Hellenic authorities.
CAMPAIGNS & INITIATIVES
The Acropolis Research Group
The Acropolis Research Group (TARG) was formed by concerned researchers and activists in the UK, Greece and Australia who share a common interest in the repatriation of looted cultural property, with a particular focus on the Parthenon Sculptures
Lost My Marbles
A campaign to reunite the Parthenon Marbles, relocating those held in the British Museum to The Parthenon Museum in Athens, at the foot of the Acropolis where they were created 2500 years ago #LostMyMarbles
Elginism (ĕl’gĭnĭz’əm) n. 1801. [f. the name of Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin (1766-1841); see —ISM. Cf. Fr. elginisme & Sp. elginismo.]
An act of cultural vandalism. A term coined by the destructive actions of Lord Elgin who illegally transported the Parthenon Marbles from Greece to London between 1801 and 1805. Now also applies to other cultural objects. Usually refers to artefacts taken from poorer nations to richer ones.
Jim Mellas. Protest inside the British Museum
On the 20th of June 2018 Jim Mellas, a Melbourne lawyer did a live protest from inside the British Museum seeking the return of the Parthenon Marbles. The protest was streamed live and went viral on social media!
Rescued or Seized? Greece’s long fight with UK over Parthenon Marbles
Send them back: The Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Athens
George Bizos (RSA). Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. Issues Relating to Litigation
EVENT: 2012 International Colloquy. Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.
VENUE: Hellenic Centre. London
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: George Bizos (RSA). Human Rights Advocate – Author. Member of BCRPM. TOPIC: Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. Issues Relating to Litigation
International Colloquy. Parthenon An Icon of Global Citizenship. Official Opening.
15 November 2013.
Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.
Official Opening of the Second International Colloquy “Parthenon: An Icon of Global Citizenship”. The event was opened by the Hon. Barry O’Farrell MP, Premier of New South Wales.
Parthenon Marbles on Symban Radio Australia
Emanuel Cominos and Dennis Tritaris talk with Tom Tsamouras of Symban Radio Australia about the Parthenon Marbles and the 2012 International Colloquy held in London.