I, too, doubt whether there would be a real lose in visitor numbers -
although it must be said that the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles are
perhaps the only items that the many visitors from the US that I take to the
BM regularly ask for!
To me the best solution for the Elgin Marbles and the Rosetta Stone would
some form of regular loan arrangement between the 2 countries.
i.e. we have them for the winter, they have them for the summer.
But I expect this is not realistic because:
a. would the loan agreement stand up - would they even be sent back!!!!!
Even if the Greek Government agreed to send them back again wouldn't they
face popular demonstrations?
b. the risk to the objects of continually travelling
I guess the latter could be ameliorated if the loan period was longer - I.e.
5 years in each country before being shipped back - with replicas being in
place in the other centre during the long term absence.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Woodgate" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: Artefacts removed from context
> Peter Pickering <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <BB42C467.59C2%pe.pi
> [log in to unmask]>) about 'Artefacts removed from context', on Tue, 22
> Jul 2003:
> >I find the title of this posting more interesting than its rather
> >hackneyed content.
> 'Hackneyed', maybe, but hot news that you may have missed is that Egypt
> has renewed its call for the repatriation of the Rosetta Stone.
> In the TV report, an apparent BM spokesman suggested that the BM's
> refusal to even consider loaning the Stone back to Cairo was based on
> the financial loss hypothetically to be caused by its absence. I wonder:
> would people not go to the BM if the Stone were not there?
> Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only.
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