Heritage and Cultural Property Crime in a Regional Setting

The EARC regional heritage report has heritage and cultural property crime as one of the themes. It includes an overview of the response to heritage crime in the four regional police forces in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent.

There are six case studies:

1. Damage to churches

2. Illegal metal-detecting and disposal of finds

3. Architectural theft

4. Criminal damage and anti-social behaviour

5. Shipwreck interference

6. Cyber and new technologies

The section concludes with some suggestions for addressing heritage crime protection.

The project is grateful to Mark Harrison (Historic England) and Andy Bliss for their assistance with the report.

Gill, D. W. J., M. Kelleher, P. Matthews, T. M. Pepperell, H. Taylor, M. Harrison, C. Moore, and J. Winder. 2022. From the Wash to the White Cliffs: The Contribution of the Heritage Sector. Eastern Academic Research Consortium (EARC) <https://kar.kent.ac.uk/96160/>.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

5 thoughts on “Heritage and Cultural Property Crime in a Regional Setting”

  1. Why is there no comparative study in Lancashire, Merseyside or Greater Manchester? Heritage Crime here is rife.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Our study was looking at a number of themes, including heritage crime, in the area covered by the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (EARC), i.e. Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent. I will pass your comment to the Heritage Crime unit at Historic England.

    1. Please tell us more about the Conference on September 28th. Why have heritage bodies in this part of the world not been informed about this?

      There are very serious concerns in the NW.

      I can contact a wide range of regional Civic Societies who would be very interested.

      Kathy Fishwick (Chair, Rossendale Civic Trust and NW Association of Civic Trust Societies.)

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