2013 Archived News

Oliver Kamm, columnist for The Times adds his support to the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures

29 October 2013

Oliver Kamm wrote in the Times on 29 October, 2013 that he believes the Parthenon (Elgin) Marbles should be returned to Athens to be displayed with the surviving fragments in the Acropolis Museum.

Oliver mentions the British Museums claim that the Parthenon sculptures in Bloomsbury “allows different and  complementary stories to be told about the surviving sculptures".  Oliver compares this equivocation to 'ripping apart the First Folio of Shakespeare and parcelling out random pages — not even complete plays or scenes'. Sacrilege.

Oliver's conclusion: 'The Museum of the Acropolis in Athens gets modern visitors as close to a unified masterpiece as is now possible. The sculptures surely should be housed there.'

You can read Oliver's full article on line


What is sad is some of the comments, but hey we applaud Oliver's support wholeheartedly and all those Times readers that can 'see' the logic in reuniting a peerless work of art that remains unnecessarily fragmented between two great museum, in two great cities.