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Museums

'Time to give back the swag, guys!' British Museum unleashes Twitter storm with statement on Black Lives Matter

London institution was criticised for proclaiming that it "stands in solidarity with the Black community" while continuing to resist calls to restitute colonial-era loot

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Unesco

Will the success of the Acropolis Museum change the Elgin Marbles debate?

Unesco intergovernmental committee is now seeking “a mutually satisfactory resolution to the issue”

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Greece's Archaeological Museum of Heraklion to send Minoan antiquities to British Museum

The arrangement may be the first step in diffusing the animosity brought about by the Elgin marbles, although a request for their return is expected

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Television

Television Guide: Athens '04 Olympics sparks Elgin marbles documentary and The Art Show sheds light on the collector's perspective

The BBC asks whether Lord Elgin's actions could be justified as the spotlight on the Greeks rekindles the Elgin marbles debate, and Channel 4 programme has dealers weigh in on the state of the art market

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Books

The story of the great Augustan collectors of antiquities

An explanation, an adoration and a lament

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Restitution

Elgin Marbles: a reply by Anthony Snodgrass

The British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles, Cambridge

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Restitution

We serve all cultures, say the big, global museums: World's leading institutions release a declaration on restitution

Including a reproduction of the declaration in full

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Restitution

A short history of the Parthenon Marbles: Why restitution is not always the answer

A look at what happened to the sculptures from early Christian times to the 21st century, and the damage to those remaining after Lord Elgin bought the majority of them

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Elgin Marbles

Old fashioned and ill informed critical backlash is impeding the utility of replicas of historical cultural artefacts

Replicas are not necessarily second-rate Disneyfications, says conservator John Larson

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Greece's indecision over where to Parthenon Marbles would reside

Twenty years after the government decided to build a new museum to house the sculptures, still no architect has been chosen

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Restitution

MPs would return the Elgin Marbles: Debates on museum policies concerning restitution requests continue

Restitution guidelines in the UK are changing with the times, but the marbles remain with the British Museum for now

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Restitution

Declassified documents reveal near return of Elgin Marbles

In 1994, the Greek government was willing to accept the restitution of only a small number of the Parthenon pediment sculptures in exchange for an end to the dispute

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British Museum

How the British Museum's maintenance procedures for the Parthenon marbles have changed

After the sculptures' surfaces were damaged in the 1930s due to improper care, the museum has cleaned up its act

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Restitution

Parthenon Marbles conference report: Academic interchange remains almost completely civil at the British Museum

The restitution question was hardly mentioned, but it tautened everyone’s nerves

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Parthenon

William St Clair makes a rebuttal to the British Museum's defence of its competence to curate Parthenon Marbles

St Clair demands greater candour in the fallout of Lord Elgin and the Marble's third edition, in which it was asserted that over-cleaning had irreparably damaged the marbles