The British Museum gave its own answer to the question of the return of the Parthenon Sculptures shortly before the Mitsotakis-Johnson meeting.
“The British Museum is a unique resource for the world: the breadth and depth of its collection allow the public to explore cultural identities and the intricate network of interconnected human cultures,” the British Museum said in a statement emphasizing that “Commissioners lend exhibits around the world and more than 3.5 million items in the collection are available online.”
“The Parthenon Sculptures are a vital part of this interconnected global collection. They are part of the common heritage of mankind and go beyond politics,” added the British Museum.
“The Acropolis Museum allows the Sculptures of the Parthenon located in Athens (about half of which survive to this day from the ancient world) to be enjoyed by the viewer against the backdrop of Athenian history. The Parthenon Sculptures in London are an important representation of ancient Athenian civilization in the context of world history. Every year, millions of visitors, for free, admire the statues and gain knowledge about how ancient Greece influenced – and was influenced by – other cultures it encountered,” added the British Museum.
“The Commissioners are of the opinion that it is a positive advantage and a public benefit to have the sculptures shared between two great museums, each telling a complementary but different story,” the British Museum concluded.