Daily Archives: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Events: Chimes of Freedom: Life and liberty in London from Magna Carta to today 25 Sept, 2 Oct

Very pleased to announce that we will be presenting a paper on the Refugee Archives at the following event:

Book now: Chimes of Freedom: Life and liberty in London from Magna Carta to today 25 Sept, 2 Oct

General booking is now open for the 2015 Archives for London conference.To celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the AfL conference will explore the challenges to and the protection of freedom and liberty in London since Magna Carta guaranteed the Capital’s ‘ancient liberty and customs’ in 1215.

25 September – London Metropolitan Archives, 1:30-5:00pm

with speakers including Caterina Loriggio and David Prior from the Parliamentary Archives on Parliament in the making, oral historian Clare Summerskill on recording voices of LGBTQ Londoners, and Paul Dudman with Dr Rumana Hashem of University of East London on refugee narratives in archives.

The City’s 1297 Magna Carta will be on display.

2 October – Society of Antiquaries, 1:30-5:00pm

with speakers such as Prof Justin Fisher on Magna Carta’s relevance today, Simon Carter on St Paul’s Cathedral and civil rights, Prof Michael Macmillan on what art and heritage tells us about Black British cultural identities.


London Metropolitan Archives,
40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB, and

Society of Antiquaries
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE


AfL member
one conference £8, both conferences £10

one conference £10, both conferences £15

Further information and booking via www.archivesforlondon.org/events


Is looting-to-order ‘just a myth’? Open-source analysis of theft-to-order of cultural property.

conflict antiquities

Last year, underwater archaeologist Peter Campbell and I blogged about evidence of antiquities looting to order. Over the year, I’ve conducted further research (on which Peter has kindly commented), and I’ve now published an open-source analysis of theft-to-order in (open access) Cogent Social Sciences.

I believe that it is (not the but nonetheless) a standard business model, which has been documented in at least 43 countries, which span South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Notably, it is used in online trafficking of stolen cultural goods by organised criminals and trafficking by armed groups and repressive regimes (conflict antiquities trafficking).

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