A major new British campaign ‘Marbles Reunited’ was launched today (Wednesday 14th January) in Westminster bringing together the many organisations and individuals who share the aim of reuniting the Parthenon Sculptures (‘Elgin Marbles’) in their original home city of Athens in Greece.
Commenting on the launch of this campaign, Colin Breed MP for South East Cornwall said,
“Two new opinion polls have shown that a clear majority of the British public and visitors to the British Museum support reuniting the Parthenon Sculptures with their original home city. Nearly 80% of those questioned were in favour of returning the Marbles to Athens.
“It is a win-win situation for Britain. 2004 is the year in which the Olympic Games also return to their original home city of Athens and as a gesture of good-will, returning the Elgin Marbles to Athens also looks very favourable on our own bid for the Olympic Games in 2012.
“The Greek Government have indicated that in return the British Museum would receive a rotating exhibition of Greek antiquities that have never been seen in Britain before, antiquities which in fact have never left Greece before – regional museums might also be included in this arrangement which would be of great benefit for the South West.”