Have you lost your marbles,
NO, Athena! No, no. Some of the six million of us who visit the British Museum each year must quickly quash the idea that the Elgin Marbles need to return to Athens (August 24). They were legally acquired and they have been kept safely here for 200 years. They are superbly displayed and no admission is charged to see them.
For 26 years between 1973 and 1999, I was one of the judges of the National Heritage Museum of the Year Award. I visited hundreds of UK museums and cannot think of one in which there might not be a possible argument for repatriation of some artefact.
Let our museums be. Encourage them, support them and enjoy them, but don’t open the floodgates of a ‘museum drain’. Lady White, London
WERE the marbles a solitary item, one might agree with Athena, but all over the world, countries are lobbying to regain items transferred to Europe in the days of European power. The Indians want the Koh-i-noor diamond (set in the crown of the late Queen Mother, left) and the Egyptians the head of Nefertiti, which is in Berlin together with the Ishtar Gate from Iraq, built by Nebuchadnezzar II. Where do we stop? David Damant, by email