The Acropolis Restoration Project and the New Acropolis Museum
The Parthenon in Athens is one of the world's most famous and instantly recognisable buildings. It is an iconic cultural symbol of the modern Greek state, and a reminder of a shared cultural heritage that reaches back to the 5th century BC; a defining period in the history of democracy, theatre, architecture, philosophy and more.
During the first decade of the 19th century, Lord Elgin, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, was granted permission tby the Sultan to remove decorative features from what was already a building in ruins. These marble sculptures are now in the British Museum in London.
Organised by the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments, the exhibition explores recent archaeological and restoration work on the ancient Athenian temple of Athena, the Parthenon. The exhibition also presents images of the New Acropolis Museum, including the gallery designed to hold the Parthenon marbles.
For further information on the Parthenon project and related events go to Parthenon Project
22 October - 14 December 2007