This is my solution to the Elgin marbles dispute between the British Museum and Greece: let’s declare the part of the British Museum with the Elgin sculptures as Greek soil!
The UK should declare a little part of London as part of Greece. In this way the Parhtenon sculptures would be in Greek soil and at the same time in the British Museum! The British Museum would be in two countries! In the UK and in Greece.
The agreement would say that the sculptures cannot leave the British Museum and cannot be move from the Greek part of the museum.
In this way, any Greek could say that Parthenon sculptures are in Greece soil while at the same time the British Museum could say that the Elgin marbles are inside the British Museum!
In Rome you can be in Italy or in The Vatican without a clear border. Here it could happen something similar! The fact that a tiny part of the British Museum is in Greek soil would give to the museum even a greater appeal.
An option to make all this seem more interesting would be the possibility that people in the Elgin marbles room could put you a Greek stamp on your passport! It would be wonderful to enter the British Museum and to leave the museum with an stamp that says you have been in Greek territory!
- The Parthenon marbles are not ours. They belong in Athens (guardian.co.uk)
- Ritual reignites Marbles debate (ekathimerini.com)
- Stephen Fry lends support to Greek calls to return Elgin marbles to Athens (rawstory.com)