The British Museum

During the last trip to the United Kingdom I visited for the first time The British Museum (free). The museum itself is without any doubt amazing.

However I had conflicting ideas of whether the breadth of pieces mostly coming from other countries should have been better displayed at a museum in the country of origin or there in London.

I found it curious that the museum has a dedicated brochure explaining why the collection of Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon is hosted in London instead of Athens as the Greek Ministry of Culture claims they should be. The British Museum claims that the pieces were taken with permission of the then authority of those territories: the Ottoman Empire. It also gives account of an internal investigation carried by the Parliament. And even points at other 6 museums around the world hosting sculptures from the Parthenon as if trying to divert the attention.

The museum’s brochure concludes that the taking of the pieces was legal and its location in London is good as it believes the museum is a unique resource for the world, but offers the reader to check the counter opinion at the Greek ministry’s site.

I still haven’t made my mind yet: is it the World’s looting museum or most of the pieces are better off being conserved there that they would be in Greece, Egypt, Syria or elsewhere?

To end the discussion I found it comical that in order to introduce Stonehenge to the museum’s visitors a poster of it was deemed enough. In this case it wasn’t necessary to bring one or two stones from the site, as has been the case with pieces from many other places.

Besides that discussion I enjoyed seeing some items missing in previous trips. Find some pictures of some of the museum highlights below:

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5 responses to “The British Museum

  1. Abraham

    Difícil solución. Por lo visto, una de las razones esgrimidas por GB era que Grecia no disponía de un espacio digno que contuviera los frisos. Hace un par de años se inauguró un museo tremendo..así que ahora vuelven con el tema del Imperio Turco. Es el cuento de nunca acabar…

  2. Amalia

    Esa duda que planteas y si la historia debe ser divulgativa o rigurosa suponen muchos debates entre historiadores. Yo no sabría decir quien tiene razón aunque creo que serìa màs adecuado dejarlo en su lugar de origen (que no en si pais).

  3. No tengo una opinión fuerte sobre los Elgin Marbles, pero creo que el significado de Stonehenge es la creación entera. Tomadas fuera de contexto, cada piedra no es particularmente interesante. En cualquier caso, es una cosa extraordinaria para ver y os animo a ir a un día. (Soy Irlandes, pero viviendo en Londres y trabajando mucho en Madrid.) Me gusta mucho tu blog.

    • Hola Kieran,
      yo tampoco tengo una opinión formada, como expreso en el post tengo ideas a favor y en contra, pero me parecía curioso lo de poner un poster de Stonehenge (en el sentido de que para algunas cosas, el museo entiende que con un poster es suficiente – no como Easter Island, por ejemplo).

      En ese mismo viaje, también fuimos a ver Stonehenge. Tengo pendiente escribir otro post sobre ello :-).

      Me alegro de que te guste el blog!

      Gracias por tu comentario 🙂

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