Elgin Marbles

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Lecturer: ALAN READ

In June 1816 the House of Commons voted for the nation to acquire the collection of antique sculptures assembled by Lord Elgin, most notably those from the Parthenon.  It was a controversial decision. This lecture examines why the sculptures were so sought-after, the circumstances through which Lord Elgin 'acquired'  them and the events which led to their purchase for the British Museum two hundred years ago.