Speaker: Alan Read
1 September 2015
In the two centuries since they were removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin, the meaning and significance of the Elgin Marbles has changed dramatically.
From architectural decoration to disputed cultural objects, this lecture looks at the response to them over their time in Britain, from the original controversy over their purchase to the current debate surrounding the restitution of the marbles to the new Acropolis Museum in Athens.
Alan Read holds a masters and a first class honours degree in History of Art from Birkbeck College. He is a gallery guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery, and has lectured at the Penlee House in Penzance, Plymouth City Art Gallery, Croydon Clocktower and the Bridewell Institute.
Alan is also a London Blue Badge Guide and City of London Guide and has conducted walking tours for the Twentieth Century Society, the National Trust and Team London Bridge.