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29 July, 2002
The quality of conservation work on antiquities at the British Museum has declined, raising doubts about whether the world-renowned institution is fit to house the Parthenon Marbles, according to experts in the field.
''Our greatest cultural institution, the British Museum, is continually being downgraded,'' said David Lee, president of a British institute of conservationists.
''How much longer will the British Museum be able to maintain that it is the best place in the world to house major antiquities such as the Parthenon Marbles?'' Lee asked in an interview to the UK's Sunday Telegraph.
The newspaper quoted museum conservationists as saying that the level and quality of work carried out at the museum had fallen, and that many fragile antiquities were in jeopardy.
Also in jeopardy was the museum's reputation in the field of conservation - its main argument for keeping the Greek artworks.
Greece is waging an international campaign to persuade the British government to return the Parthenon Marbles to their home in Athens.
Source: Athens News Agency