Forthcoming speaking engagements

'Who owns history?' Saturday 9 May 2020, 3.30pm

Who owns history?

Caroline will be in conversation at Chipping Campden Literature Festival with eminent human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC, on his latest book, Who Owns History? The book addresses the contentious issue of the Elgin Marbles, removed (most would now say plundered) from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century, and sold in 1816 to the British Museum, where they have become embedded in British culture.

They represent the highest profile example of artworks controversially assimilated to a different culture, and the question of their repatriation to Greece is one of the most hotly debated issues in international art and culture. Delving into this crucial debate over ‘Elgin’s Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure’, Geoffrey’s book also offers a system for the return of cultural property based on the legal principles for human rights that are being developed by the courts, as he examines how the past can be experienced by everyone, as well as by the people of the country from which it originates.

This promises to be a fascinating debate: tickets can be booked via: