Tag Archives: UNESCO

Canada returns Khajuraho sculpture to India

Posted on: April 29, 2015 by Alexander Herman

Earlier this month, it was reported that Canada was returning a 900-year-old sandstone statue to India. This was done with all the necessary pomp and ceremony, with each nation’s prime minister more than ready for a dual photo op with the piece. Of course it represented much more than mere cultural restitution: as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated, cultural relations between […]

UK and British Museum reject Marbles mediation request

Posted on: March 30, 2015 by Alexander Herman

With an end of March deadline looming, the UK government and the British Museum have at last responded to UNESCO’s request to enter into mediation with Greece regarding the future treatment of the Elgin (or Parthenon) Marbles. The request was made on 9 August 2013 at the behest of Greece (both the UK and Greece are members […]

Athens update: Robertson, Palmer and Clooney speak

Posted on: October 16, 2014 by Alexander Herman

In the media furor surrounding this week’s visit to Athens of the London legal team advising the Greek State on the Parthenon Marbles, much has been made of a certain member of the delegation. Amal Clooney (or depending on your preference, Amal Alamuddin) has stated: “Everybody hopes there will be a friendly and amicable solution, but I […]

Terror in the Arctic? Ownership of Franklin’s “lost expedition”

Posted on: September 22, 2014 by Paul Stevenson

Reports this month of an important maritime discovery as news outlets announce the likely find of a Devon-built explorer ship which it is thought was lost under the Arctic sea 160 years ago. The expedition of British Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin holds near mythic status in Canada, mystique underscored by reference to his expedition […]

Lake District to be put forward for World Heritage status

Posted on: January 10, 2014 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

The Government has announced that the Lake District will be put forward as the UK’s next nomination for World Heritage status under the UNESCO 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The purpose of this Convention was to establish “an effective system of collective protection of the cultural and natural […]

Statuette of Tutankhamun’s sister found

Posted on: December 15, 2013 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry has announced that a priceless statuette of the sister of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun has been found in Cairo, though few details as to precisely how it came to be recovered have been released.  The statuette, which was the highlight of the museum in the city of Mallawi (near the archaeological remains […]

International Conventions Update

Posted on: November 18, 2013 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

In 2013 several of the major international conventions for the protection of cultural property have witnessed a growth in the number of ratifications and acceptances. The First and Second Protocols to the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict have been ratified by New Zealand (which ratified the main […]