The British Museum, whose administration leaves no “window”… of optimism towards the Greek side, took a place in the discussion that has recently opened regarding the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece.
As reported by vema.com.au, the British Culture Secretary informed the British Museum in a letter, as well as other museums in the country, that, if they removed artefacts from their collections, then the state funding they received would automatically stop. In the same letter, it is stressed that museums should not be taking actions motivated by activism.
The museum’s response was immediate: “The British Museum has no intention of removing controversial objects from display. Instead, it will seek where appropriate to contextualise or reinterpret them in a way that enables the public to learn about them in their entirety.”
It is recalled that in recent days US Congress members had brought to the fore the issue of the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Greece, asking the British prime minister himself to take care of the issue.