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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 Parthenon Marbles
Title
British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon (Elgin) Marbles
Date(s)
1820-2004
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
99 boxes

Context

Name of creator(s)

British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon (Elgin) Marbles

Administrative / Biographical history

The British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon (Elgin) Marbles, (BCRPM) was founded following the UNESCO International Conference of Ministers of Culture in Mexico, Aug 1982, when Melina Mercouri appealed for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens. The idea to set up a British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles came from architect James Cubitt. The Committee was set up in 1983 under the chairmanship of Robert Browning, Emeritus Professor of Greek at the University of London. Eleni Cubitt, film producer and wife of James Cubitt (who died shortly after the Committee was established) became, and continues to be, the Secretary. The aims of the Committee are as follows:

'To secure the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece in accordance with the resolution of the UNESCO Conference of Ministers of Culture held in Mexico on 4 August 1982. To this end - we intend to present the case as fully as possible to the British public and to bring the most effective pressure on the Trustees of the British Museum and the British Government.'

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received Sep 2007, further accession 2010

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of the British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon (Elgin) Marbles, (BCRPM), 1820-2004 including press releases, copies of newspaper cuttings and correspondence chiefly between Eleni Cubitt and Anthi Poulos Jones, Chairman and General Counsel for the Committee on the Parthenon. Reports, newsletters and correspondence to government officials seeking support, the latter mainly from David Hill, Director of International Affairs for the Australian Committee for the Restoration of the Parthenon Marbles. Photocopy of Report from the Select Committee on 'The Earl of Elgin's collection of Sculptured Marbles' , Mar 1816. Correspondence and reports from Hansard relating to early day motions concerning the Marbles and brief lists of debates on the Marbles in Commons and Lords, 1816-1999. Correspondence and data relating to surveys of MPs on their support for the return of the Marbles, 1984 and 2001. Press releases, correspondence, reports and proceedings relating to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 'Cultural Property: Return and Illicit Trade.' Correspondence, press releases and press cuttings relating to 'Parthenon 2004', campaigning for the British Government to agree for the temporary return and display of the Marbles to Greece in time for the 2004 Olympics. Correspondence, exhibition texts, list of photographs, etc, relating to the touring exhibition 'Stones of No Value, Monuments of the Gods', 1998-1999. Papers and reports relating to meetings of the UNESCO 'Intergovernmental Committee for promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation', 1980-2003. Papers, correspondence and newspaper articles relating to publication of book by William St Clair, Lord Elgin and the Marbles , particularly on the controversy surrounding the restoration of the Marbles by the British Museum which removed their original surface finish, 1998-2001. Publications and press cuttings on the Parthenon marbles, 1998-2003. Photographs, chiefly of BCRPM exhibitions. British Museum study on cleaning the Marbles, 1932. Papers relating to exhibitions and other BCRPM publicity and financial papers including accounts, 1993-2001.

System of arrangement

Awaiting arrangement.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

The collection contains personal information, apply to the Director of Archives and Information Management, King's College London, for details on access.

Conditions governing reproduction

The collection contains personal information, apply to the Director of Archives and Information Management, King's College London, for details on reproductions.

Language/scripts of material

English, Greek, some Italian.

Finding aids

No additional finding aids.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Jan 2008, updated 2016

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Subjects

  • Archaeological sites
  • Archaeology
  • Classical period
  • Historical periods
  • Leisure
  • Leisure time activities
  • Museums
  • Olympic games
  • Sport
  • Sports competitions

Personal names

  • Browning, Robert, 1914-1997, Professor of Greek
  • Bruce, Thomas, 1766-1841, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine
  • Cubitt, Eleni, film producer, Secretary of the British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles
  • Cubitt, James, 1914-1983, architect
  • Hill, David, Director of International Affairs for the Australian Committee for the Restoration of the Parthenon Marbles
  • Poulos Jones, Anthi, Chairman and General Counsel for the Committee on the Parthenon
  • St Clair, William, author

Corporate names

  • British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles
  • British Museum
  • House of Commons
  • House of Lords
  • King's College London College Archives
  • UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Places

  • Athens, Greece
  • London, England

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