It will be interesting to read the text and presentations of some of the talks at the Heritage Crime conference held at the British Library. It is clear that there are concerns about the following areas:#heritagecrimeconf closes-protecting heritage@britishlibrary @PoliceChiefs @HistoricEngland https://t.co/8j3ANx6VFZ pic.twitter.com/JYvjNQp1N3— Herts Police (@HertsPolice) 11 April 2016
a. Thefts from museum collections
b. Church lead theft
c. Damage to and removal of objects from scheduled and previously unrecorded archaeological sites
The topic of nighthawking / metal-detecting on scheduled sites came up at the All Party Committee on Cultural Property at Westminster last month. It is worth noting that the two representatives from a certain national museum were remarkably silent on the subject, while some of us were drawing attention to examples of damage in various counties across East Anglia.