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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IARPS meets in Athens

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures has held a meeting in Athens on the occasion of the inauguration of the New Acropolis Museum.

Return Elgin marbles for London Olympics: campaigners

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ATHENS (AFP) — The 2012 London Olympics would represent a symbolic moment perfect for the return of the long-disputed Elgin Marbles from Britain to Greece, campaigners said Friday.

Representatives of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures (IARPS) — which has members in 17 countries — visited Athens Friday ahead of the new Acropolis Museum’s inauguration on Saturday.

“We urge the United Kingdom to begin the process of reunifying the Parthenon sculptures in the (New Acropolis Museum),” said David Hill, the association’s president, during a press conference.

“We believe that the occasion of the 2012 London Olympics would be an appropriate time to return the Parthenon sculptures to Greece.”

Hill said the new museum “provides the ideal venue” as it is “within the sight of the Parthenon.”

He said it was impossible to display the Elgin Marbles, as they are known in Britain after the aristocrat who expropriated them from Greece at the beginning of the 18th century, in their original state in their present setting, the smaller Duveen Gallery of the British Museum in the English capital.

The new museum includes a Parthenon room, specifically designed to accommodate the fifth century BC masterpiece.

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A letter to the British Museum and the British Government

In the week before the New Acropolis Museum opens, the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures has written to both the British Museum & the British Government, reminding them of some of the facts surrounding the marbles.

June 2009

On behalf of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures I would like to draw to your attention to the inauguration on June 20, 2009, of the magnificent new Acropolis Museum, which provides an ideal opportunity for the Parthenon sculptures currently held in the British Museum to be returned to Greece.

We believe the Parthenon sculptures could be returned to Athens in an arrangement that could be mutually beneficial to both Greece and the British Museum.

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures has member organisations in sixteen countries, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. (www.parthenoninternational.org).  The International Association is a powerful indication of the growing and now overwhelming support around the world for the Parthenon sculptures to be returned to Greece.

The new Acropolis Museum has been designed specifically to allow for the proper exhibition of all of the surviving two and a half thousand- year - old sculptures of the Parthenon in their original configuration. This cannot be done in the Duveen Gallery of the British Museum, which is too small even for the Elgin collection to be correctly exhibited.

Also, more people now visit the Acropolis each year than visit the Parthenon Sculptures in the Duveen Gallery of the British Museum. The opening of the new Acropolis Museum and the prospect of reuniting the currently dispersed collection of Parthenon sculptures will provide yet further accessibility for the people of the world to study and enjoy the wonders of Classical Greece. The event also provides an opportunity for collaboration between two great cultures and two great institutions, the symbolism of which would further advance the standing of the British Museum as a museum of the twenty first century.

We would urge the British Museum to now investigate ways in which a cultural exchange agreement with Greece involving the return of the Parthenon sculptures could yield benefits to both the British Museum as well as Greece.

Yours sincerely,

David Hill

Chairman, International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

Two More Countries join the Campaign for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures

NEWS UPDATE
January 02nd, 2009

Two More Countries join the Campaign for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures

Organisations from two more countries have joined the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

The addition of Switzerland and Finland in December 2008 brings the membership of the International Association to 17 committees from 16 countries. All these committees have been formed with the objective of supporting the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece.

Switzerland and Finland join Marbles Reunited from Britain as the new members for 2008.

The Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, David Hill (Australia), said that the consistent expansion of the association membership since it was formed in 2005 is a powerful reminder of the widespread and growing support in Britain and around the world for the Parthenon Sculptures to be returned to Greece.

The International Association now has member orgnaistions in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain (the British Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures and Marbles Reunited), Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

Finland joins the international campaign for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.

NEWS UPDATE
December 29th, 2008

Today it was announced that The Finnish Committee the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles (Parthenonin Veistosten Palauttamiskomitea Ry) has joined the International Association for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

The Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, David Hill said he welcomed the addition of the organisation to the international campaign. The Executive of the Finnish committee includes:

President: Ole Norrback, ex Finnish ambassador at Athens

Vice President: Mika Kajava, Professor of classical languages

Secretary: Mika Rissanen, History teacher and non-fiction writer

Treasurer: Teodora Oker-Blom, Science library manager

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures now has seventeen members from sixteen countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. Contact details for the Finnish Committee can be found on their members page.

Switzerland joins the international campaign for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.

NEWS UPDATE
December 15th, 2008

Today it was announced that The Swiss Committee the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (Comité Suisse pour le Retour des Marbres du Parthénon) has joined the International Association for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

The Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, David Hill said he welcomed the addition of the organisation to the international campaign. The Executive of the Swiss committee includes:

President: Professor Dusan Sidjanski

Vice President: Me Olivier Vodoz

Secretary: Fabrizio Micalizzi

Treasurer: Michèle Lubicz-Davet

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures now has sixteen members from fifteen countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and the USA. Contact details for the Swiss Committee can be found on their members page.