Jewel once owned by Joan of Arc at centre of stormy dispute

UK authorities may demand the return of a ring which once belonged to Joan of Arc after it was sold to a French theme park in February.

On Wednesday (16 March), The Art Newspaper raised the question of whether the ring had been legally exported to France following its sale. If it is discovered that an export licence was not obtained it is thought that British authorities are likely to request the return of the ring. Continue reading

Task force established to protect cultural heritage in conflict zones

A landmark accord was signed in Rome yesterday (16 February) establishing an emergency task force for the protection of cultural heritage in conflict zones.

The agreement was signed by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, and Italy’s Minister for Foreign affairs, Paolo Gentiloni inside the 1st century Baths of Diocletian. It commits the Italian government to deploying cultural heritage experts to protect endangered cultural property at the request of UNESCO Member States. Continue reading

Calls for Indigenous Australian artefacts in British Museum to be returned

The British Museum’s decision to loan rare aboriginal artefacts to the National Museum of Australia has sparked accusations of cultural insensitivity and threats of legal action from indigenous community leaders in Australia. The objects are to be included in an exhibition, Encounters, which set to open at the British Museum in April before touring to Australia six months later. Continue reading