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The British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles has achieved a great deal since it was formed including:

  • The Committee’s first victory was when the British Museum stopped referring to the Marbles as the Elgin Marbles and started calling them the Parthenon Marbles.
  • The Committee was also instrumental in the publication of Christopher Hitchens book and in May 2008, the third edition was launched in London.This edition has a preface by Nobel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer.
  • The latest Mori poll results(September 2008) showed that: 69% of those familiar with the marbles debate support return, as opposed to 19% who oppose it (50% of the 2,109 people asked had knowledge of the marbles debate).
  • The Committee has initiated many debates, which the British Museum have refused to participate in. The last debate took place at Cambridge University in February 2008 and the vote was 114 for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures in the British Museum to Greece and 46 against.
  • The archives of the Committee are kept at Kings College, London, in the Department of Greek History.

The British Committee, is not just a lobby group, but by force of demand, it has become a significant information center and contact point concerning the history of the Parthenon sculptures, their removal from the monument and the case for the return. This is all thanks to the substantial archives we have acquired over the years and includes the latest results of further research into the legality of the acquisition and the treatment of the Marbles whilst in the UK.

Every week we receive a number of requests for information, from all over the world and especially from students who wish to do further research, many preparing doctoral theses. We also receive pledges and support and many requests for speakers from various educational establishments and associations that wish to hold a conference or a debate on this subject.

The Information Centre for the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles is managed by Marlen Godwin. To contact her please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And finally, we have been asked many times about the origins of the Committee's first logo. If you are interested in learning more, please read our article on The Horse of Selene, James Cubitt, and the Committee logo (1983-2011).