The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures is an association of various national committees with the shared goal of "The reunification of all the surviving Parthenon Sculptures in the New Acropolis Museum in Athens"
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Australian politicians supporting the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

A number of Australian MPs are campaigning for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures in Athens.


The annual meeting of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association (WHIA – Oceania Region) in Perth resolved to increase public awareness of the issue of the return of the Parthenon Sculptures from the British Museum to Greece, said WHIA President, John Pandazopoulos MP.

Mr Pandazopoulos said that the opening of the new Acropolis Museum removes a major obstacle in Britain’s argument that there was no suitable venue to exhibit the famous sculptures.

Australian MP’s of Greek heritage met in the Parliament of Western Australia – Perth on the eve of the Conference of the Australian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and were united on this important issue.

The WHIA Oceania region will commence its campaign by taking the opportunity to raise the issue with MP’s from around Australia, who are meeting at the CPA Conference in Perth.

Brochures and representations were made as a prelude to the campaign to engage all Australian MP’s in the ultimate goal of restoring the sculptures to their rightful home, said George Souris MP, the Oceania regional representative attending the Conference in Perth.

The WHIA is also seeking to extend its campaign by raising awareness amongst other Philhellenes within the Australian-Oceania region.

Contact: Hon. John Pandazopoulos, MP. – 0408 310733

Hon. George Souris MP. – 0427 241528

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Get the latest news about the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures on Facebook

The Elginism website, which is run by Matthew Taylor (who is also treasurer of the Marbles Reunited campaign & of the International Association) is now available as a Facebook page.

Becoming a fan of the page enables you to eaily see the lates news about the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures in your news feed.

You can follow Elginism on Facebook here.

Quarter of a million people have visited the New Acropolis Museum since it opened

In the first month since its official opening, over 250,000 people have visited the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.

New Acropolis Museum a tourist hot spot for Athens

2009-08-11 10:46:25

by Xinhua writer Liang Yeqian

ATHENS, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — Tourists are flocking to the newly opened Acropolis Museum in Athens this summer, despite the annual exodus of Athenians on vacation to Greece’s islands and countryside.

Dimitrios Pantermalis, director of the new Acropolis Museum, told Xinhua in a recent interview that the new museum attracted more than 250,000 visitors from all over the world in the first month since its opening on June 20.

He said, with more than 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, the new museum was about 10 times larger than its predecessor, ensuring many new delights would be discovered among its expanded exhibits.

Unlike the old museum, visitors did not have to queue up and move together along a single route through the building. Now, it was possible to explore the museum in a more relaxed and informal way, with the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of ancient sculptures and artifacts up close.

The new Acropolis Museum is located some 300 meters from the Acropolis. It is a modern building with glass walls and floors. Visitors can enjoy the antiquities from the ancient temples while looking at the Acropolis through the glass.

From the underground excavations to the stunning Parthenon Gallery on the third floor, the museum offers visitors a refreshing, absorbing experience from top to bottom.

A visit to the museum is a pleasant, satisfying experience from the moment visitors step into the building, due to the museum’s courteous, receptive staff, air-conditioned environment and a splendid collection of unique artifacts that reveal the fascinating story of the ancient Athenian Acropolis in all of its complexity.

This fresh approach is apparent even before entering the museum. The first displays visitors encounter are the excavated exposed remains of a 4th-7th century AD Athenian neighborhood, visible through glass panels beneath the museum’s entrance.

Passing over these foundations into the lobby, visitors can move back in time. After the ticket turnstiles, the floor slopes upward to a wide staircase in reflection of the rising ground around the Acropolis.

The cafeteria, multimedia center and VIP lounge are located on the second floor of the museum. Outside the cafeteria is a big balcony where you can have coffee or meals with a splendid view of the Acropolis right ahead of you.

“We have always tried our best to make this new museum friendly to people and a pleasant place to stay, not only for people to visit the museum, but also for people to have coffee, meet friends and even read here,” Pantermalis said.

He said he and his colleagues were now working hard to make the underground excavations more interesting and organized. He said this new museum inside the Acropolis Museum will be open to visitors in about a year’s time.

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International initiatives to return the Parthenon Marbles

More coverage of the International Association for the Parthenon Sculptures's meeting in Athens.


This is a transcript from Correspondents Report. The program is broadcast around Australia on Sundays at 08:00 on ABC Radio National.

Greek marbles could now have Athenian home

Correspondents Report – Sunday, 21 June , 2009

Reporter: Helena Smith

ELIZABETH JACKSON: After years of delays, the New Acropolis Museum opens in Athens this weekend, with prime ministers and heads of state flying in from around the world to attend the inauguration of the building.

Activists, including David Hill, the former managing director of the ABC who heads the Sydney-based Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, hope the new museum will reinvigorate the campaign to bring back the Elgin marbles – the artworks that have been displayed in the British Museum since Lord Elgin removed them from the Acropolis over 200 years ago.

Helena Smith reports from Athens.

HELENA SMITH: More than 180 years after the declaration of Greek independence and three decades after plans were first put forward, the New Museum of the Acropolis will finally open its doors.

For Greeks at large the $AU220-million museum is a dream come true, and already thousands have rushed to snap up tickets to a building many thought would never get off the ground.

But while the striking glass and cement behemoth is situated at the foot of the Acropolis, is architecturally stupendous and will contain the world’s finest collection of antique Greek sculpture, Greeks say without the classical carvings that adorned the Parthenon – until Lord Elgin removed them – it will remain woefully incomplete.To this end, the museum’s top floor facing the Acropolis has been has been purpose-built to display the masterpieces.

For a long time the British Museum argued that Athens had nowhere decent enough to exhibit its Golden Age wonders. But with that argument now crushed by the new museum, the fight to win back the marbles is about to be revived as never before.

And the Greeks are not short of supporters world-wide. In the past five years an international Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures has almost doubled in size, with members in 17 countries joining the Sydney based body.

Speaking exclusively to the ABC, the organisation’s president David Hill said he was sure the new museum would play a central role in reviving Greece’s push to retrieve the sculptures from the British Museum.

Singling out Australia for the support it has given Greece on the issue, the Greek Culture Minister Antonis Samaras said he had been heartened that political opponents like Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Frazer had put their differences aside to sign up to the body.

“It is,” he told the ABC, “indicative of the strength of feeling the marbles have aroused. So many people around the world, and even in Britain, now believe that they should now be back in Greece.”If the Greeks had wanted to make a point that something is missing from their museum, they could not have done it better.

With more than 60 per cent of the ancient sculptor Phidias’ monumental frieze on display in London, thanks to Lord Elgin, Athens has had to make do with giant plaster-cast copies, acquired from the British Museum in the 19th century, to narrate the full tale that the carvings depicted of the great Panathenaic Procession.

The whiter-than-white plaster casts stand out like eyesores and have caused controversy before the museum has even opened.

This is Helena Smith in Athens reporting for Correspondents Report.

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Changes to the International Association

At their meeting in Athens on the occasion of the inauguration of the New Acropolis Museum, the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures discussed a number of possible initiatives & plans for the future, of which more detail will be revealed in due course. It was also agreed to amend the organisation's constitution to create a larger five person executive which can handle the day to day running of the Association and deal more rapidly with issues as a new chapter opens in the history of the campaign. The members elected to the executive are as follows:

David Hill (Australia) was re-elected.

Vice Chairs:
Professor Dusan Sidjanski (Switzerland) was elected.
Anna Marangou (Cyprus) was elected.

Dennis Menos (USA) was re-elected.

Matthew Taylor (Marbles Reunited) was elected.

At the end of the meeting, a pres conference was held & a statement was issued to the press by the International Association outlining their vision for the future of the campaign.