UK-Italy Dialogues on the Protection of Cultural Heritage


On 11 October, the BSR partnered with the British Embassy Rome, the British Council, the Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale and the Metropolitan Police Arts and Antiques Unit for a panel event and exhibition on the protection of cultural heritage, and for the official repatriation ceremony of two Etruscan artefacts recovered by the Metropolitan Police.

As part of the event the BSR curated an exhibition examining culture under threat and the race to preserve the past. Visitors experienced the destruction and looting of cultural sites, learned about the widespread nature of the antiquities trade, and about the efforts to identify and protect sites around the world.

The exhibition featured images of the destruction of cultural heritage, as well as a selection of the BSR’s archival photographs from the John Ward-Perkins collection documenting the destruction of cultural sites during World War II. The exhibition showcased the latest high-tech survey and preservation techniques, from geophysics to 3D imaging, modelling, and printing, as well as featuring a model of the European Space Agency’s satellites and a 3D film about their Earth Observation programme.

The exhibition also featured work by contemporary artists Joseph Redpath (BSR Scholars’ Prizewinner in Architecture 2018), Ian Kirkpatrick, and John Rainey (BSR Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellow 2018), who draw inspiration for their sculptures from Classical themes and sites around Rome.

Read Assistant Director for Archaeology Peter Campbell’s blog post about the event.



Photos: (1) Assistant Director for Archaeology Peter Campbell presents HMA Jill Morris with a scaled-down replica statue of Antinous currently on display at the British Museum, created by digital heritage specialists ThinkSee3D Ltd. In the background you can see work by BSR Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellow John Rainey. Photo by Luca Marinelli.

(2) Assistant Director for Archaeology Peter Campbell with Minister of State for Armed Forces The Rt Hon Mark Lancaster MP at the exhibition of photographs from the BSR Ward-Perkins collection of war damage photographs