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CHV TRAININGEN op locatie

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Naar aanleiding van diverse incidenten bij erfgoedbeheerders (musea, bibliotheken, archieven, kerken met kostbare collecties en monumenten) organiseerde het Instituut Collectie Nederland (ICN) op basis van een projectvoorstel door Ton Cremers (Museum Security Network) in 2002/2003 de Haagse Pilot waar circa 25 Haagse erfgoedbeheerders samenwerkten aan het opstellen van hun individuele calamiteitenplannen ...

UNESCO calls for ban on trade in Haitian artefacts to prevent pillaging of the country’s cultural heritage

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

UNESCO is launching a campaign to protect Haiti’s moveable heritage, notably art collections in the country’s damaged museums, galleries and churches, from pillaging. The Director-General of the Organization, Irina Bokova, on Wednesday wrote to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, asking for his support in preventing the dispersion of ...

FRANCE RETURNS LOOTED ARTEFACTS TO NIGERIA: BEGINNING OF A LONG PROCESS OR AN ISOLATED ACT?

Friday, January 29th, 2010

According to a report in the Nigerian Compass reproduced below, the French Government has returned to the Nigerian Government two artefacts looted during the colonial days. This is good news. We have in various articles demonstrated the illegality, the illegitimacy and the immorality of detaining the cultural artefacts of others against ...

Thieves Bore Hole Through Library Wall; $12K Worth Of Computer Equipment Stolen

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Thieves Bore Hole Through Library Wall; $12K Worth Of Computer Equipment Stolen http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/local_news/012810_Thieves_Bore_Hole_Through_Library_Wall Ripped out of the pages of a novel, some bold thieves bored through the wall of a Philadelphia library and stole thousands of dollars worth of computers. Now, the people who depend on those computers are pleading for help. The novel and ...

France returns Nigerian artifacts

Friday, January 29th, 2010

FRIDAY, 29 JANUARY 2010 00:00 NIGERIAN COMPASS THERE are indications that Nigeria’s efforts to repatriate some of it’s stolen artifacts have started yielding dividends as officials of the French government handed over to Nigeria two artifacts dated over 400 years which were unlawfully taken away from the country during the colonial times. The ...

Kunstschätze, Museen, unbewachte Kirchen: Jährlich werden in Frankreich 2000 Kunstdiebstähle verzeichnet. Kunsthändler haben oft ihre Finger mit im Spiel

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Frankreich als Hauptziel Kunstdieben auf der Spur Kunstschätze, Museen, unbewachte Kirchen: Jährlich werden in Frankreich 2000 Kunstdiebstähle verzeichnet. Kunsthändler haben oft ihre Finger mit im Spiel. Und plötzlich ist die Wand im Museum leer: (Foto: picture-alliance / dpa/dpaweb) http://www.n-tv.de/panorama/dossier/Kunstdieben-auf-der-Spur-article698267.html Der französische Polizeioberst Stephane Gauffeny hat das neue Jahr mit einem Berg von ungelösten Fällen begonnen. Seine ...

Hitler’s Vermeer, Pride of Vienna Museum, Faces Nazi-Era Claim

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Hitler’s Vermeer, Pride of Vienna Museum, Faces Nazi-Era Claim By Catherine Hickley Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Hermann Goering coveted it. Adolf Hitler purchased it. Now the heirs of the man who sold it to him want the Vermeer painting back from a museum in Vienna. “The Art of Painting” is the most valuable ...

Protected: Illicit Trafficking Undermines Nigeria’s Tourism –– NCMM Boss

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

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Egypt Relics Chief Pulls in Revenue as He Fights for Nefertiti

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Egypt Relics Chief Pulls in Revenue as He Fights for Nefertiti January 26, 2010, 10:44 PM EST By Daniel Williams Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Zahi Hawass, head of Egyptʼs antiquities department, promotes his countryʼs cultural treasures with a showmanʼs skills and an entrepreneurʼs instincts. His Indiana Jones-style hat and vest and television- documentary ...

NICOSIA – CYPRUS authorities said on Monday they had uncovered the island’s largest ever antiquities smuggling ring trying to sell stolen artefacts for 11.5 million euros (S$22.8 million).

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Smuggling network busted According to the antiquities department many of the finds came from sites in Cyprus while other artefacts originate from countries yet to be determined. -- PHOTO: AP: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_481900.html# NICOSIA - CYPRUS authorities said on Monday they had uncovered the island's largest ever antiquities smuggling ring trying to sell stolen artefacts ...

NEW YORK – A notable painting by Picasso will undergo repairs after a visitor to the Metropolitan Museum of Art accidentally lost her balance and struck it.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Picasso needs repairs after woman tears it NEW YORK - A notable painting by Picasso will undergo repairs after a visitor to the Metropolitan Museum of Art accidentally lost her balance and struck it. The museum says the accident caused a vertical tear of about 6 inches in the lower right-hand corner ...

Antique maps missing from Asiatic Society

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Hemali Chhapia, TNN, 24 January 2010, 02:01am IST MUMBAI: India has lost a slice of its history, from an institution no less than Asiatic Society of Mumbai, founded in 1804 to preserve India’s rich antiquity. From the deep recesses of this establishment where even roaches can’t enter, maps circa 18th Century ...

Protected: Four Judgments Against Park West Gallery for Fraudulent Sale of Fake and Overpriced Art in Lawsuits

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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ANCIENT STATUE (believed to have been stolen some time in the 1930s)DISCOVERED IN ROME

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

ANCIENT STATUE DISCOVERED IN ROME The ancient statue was being used to decorate a flower bed in a housing estate / Europics A PRICELESS ancient Roman statue has been discovered being used to decorate a flower bed in a housing estate. The headless sculpture of an emperor is believed to have been stolen ...

Protected: Around the 1930’s large quantities of 2,000-year-old Paracas textiles were smuggled out of Peru and illegally exported to museums and private collections all over the world. Hundred of them ended up in a Gothenburg museum and the museum itself now brings up this issue with the exhibition called “A Stolen World”.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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A museum in Germany has offered a reward of thousands of euros for a nail-pierced skull, thought to be that of legendary pirate Klaus Stoertebeker.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Museum offers reward for pirate's head A museum in Germany has offered a reward of thousands of euros for a nail-pierced skull, thought to be that of legendary pirate Klaus Stoertebeker. The skull was stolen from the museum earlier this month. "We are launching an appeal for the head," said the director of ...

13,000 Native American artifacts stolen from Southern Illinois refuge

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

13,000 Native American artifacts stolen from Southern Illinois refuge KSDK Thousands of Native American artifacts were stolen then sold for profit. An Illinois man has been convicted of not only stealing those artifacts, but causing devastating damage to the Cypress Creek Wildlife Refuge where he found them. The Southern Illinois refuge, two hours ...

SCHOCK IM MUSEUM FÜR HAMBURGISCHE GESCHICHTE; Störtebekers Totenkopf geklaut!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

SCHOCK IM MUSEUM FÜR HAMBURGISCHE GESCHICHTE Störtebekers Totenkopf geklaut! VON VOLKER PESCHEL UND STEFAN SCHNEIDER Ein leerer Glaskasten, ein verschwundener Totenkopf – und keinerlei Spur. Die Polizei tappt in einem der spektakulärsten Kriminalfälle der letzten Jahre komplett im Dunkeln. Unbekannte haben Störtebekers Schädel aus dem Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte („HamburgMuseum“) gestohlen! BILD gestern vor ...

Un industriel français, propriétaire de 32 tableaux de maîtres dont un Picasso volés fin 2009 à la Cadière d’Azur (Var), a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il offrait “une récompense de 100.000 euros” pour récupérer ses oeuvres.

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Tableaux volés: forte récompense AFP Un industriel français, propriétaire de 32 tableaux de maîtres dont un Picasso volés fin 2009 à la Cadière d'Azur (Var), a annoncé aujourd'hui qu'il offrait "une récompense de 100.000 euros" pour récupérer ses oeuvres. "J'ai décidé d'offrir une récompense de 100.000 euros en échange de ma collection complète", ...

Italy Presses Its Fight for a Statue at the Getty

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Italy Presses Its Fight for a Statue at the Getty By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO PESARO, Italy — One summer day in 1964 a fishing trawler from Fano, a small seaside town a few miles south of this provincial capital on the Adriatic, unexpectedly dredged up a life-size bronze statue from the ocean’s depths. ...

AFBEELDINGEN UIT MUSEUM DE OUDE WOLDEN GESTOLEN ICONEN

Friday, January 15th, 2010

AFBEELDINGEN UIT MUSEUM DE OUDE WOLDEN GESTOLEN ICONEN, JANUARY 10, 2010 KLIK HIER OM DE AFBEELDINGEN MET OMSCHRIJVINGEN TE ZIEN. Please reach toncremers@museum-security.org (+31 6 242 246 20) if you have any information about these stolen icons.

AFBEELDINGEN UIT MUSEUM DE OUDE WOLDEN GESTOLEN ICONEN

Friday, January 15th, 2010

AFBEELDINGEN UIT MUSEUM DE OUDE WOLDEN GESTOLEN ICONEN, JANUARY 10, 2010 KLIK HIER OM DE AFBEELDINGEN MET OMSCHRIJVINGEN TE ZIEN. Please reach toncremers@museum-security.org (+31 6 242 246 20) if you have any information about these stolen icons.

Edinburgh library art theft investigated Valuable painting taken from Signet Library

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Edinburgh library art theft investigated Valuable painting taken from Signet Library over New Year holiday. video at http://news.stv.tv/scotland/east-central/150388-edinburgh-library-art-theft-investigated/ Police in Edinburgh are appealing for information after a painting was stolen from a library in the city. The artwork, by Borders artist Tom Scott, entitled I Cannae Hear Ye was taken sometime between Thursday ...

Was the J. Paul Getty Museum acting in good faith when it purchased one of the finest ancient bronze statues in existence? Documents show that billionaire J. Paul Getty had legal concerns about a statue that his museum ended up purchasing after his death

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

A twist in Getty Museum's Italian court saga Documents show that billionaire J. Paul Getty had legal concerns about a statue that his museum ended up purchasing after his death. It became known as the Getty Bronze. By Jason Felch latimes.com/news/local/la-me-getty14-2010jan14,0,7175504.story January 14, 2010 Was the J. Paul Getty Museum acting in good faith when ...

Protected: Plasterk geeft oud kleitablet terug aan Irak

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

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Interview with Ton Cremers: Museum security: integrated security systems to protect the priceless

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Museum security: integrated security systems to protect the priceless Museums facing growing security challenge with rise of armed robbery http://www.sourcesecurity.com/news/articles/co-3108-ga.3200.html It only takes a shocking 58 seconds to steal a painting.Jonas Rehnberg, writer atAssa Abloy Future labs, speaks to former museum security chief Ton Cremers about the safe-keeping of precious artefacts in museums ...

Museum theft in The Netherlands. Images of stolen icons

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Museum theft in The Netherlands. Images of stolen icons Images available on line at: http://www.museumbeveiliging.com/stolen_icons.htm Please reach toncremers@museum-security.org (+31 6 242 246 20) if you have any information.

Warsaw – Polish police said on Wednesday they had recovered a painting by French Impressionist master Claude Monet stolen over nine years ago and had arrested the suspected thief.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Monet stolen in 2000 recovered Warsaw - Polish police said on Wednesday they had recovered a painting by French Impressionist master Claude Monet stolen over nine years ago and had arrested the suspected thief. Police spokesman Andrzej Borowiak told AFP that the man, whom he identified only as Robert Z, 41, ...

Wielkopolska policja odzyskała obraz warty milion dolarów

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Wielkopolska policja odzyskała obraz warty milion dolarów 2010-01-13 (09:20) Wielkopolscy policjanci odzyskali skradziony dziewięć lat temu obraz Claude'a Moneta "Plaża w Pourville" - poinformował rzecznik wielkopolskiej policji Andrzej Borowiak. Obraz znaleziono we wtorek w Olkuszu (woj. małopolskie). Policja zatrzymała 41-letniego Roberta Z. podejrzewanego o kradzież. Zatrzymany i obraz jeszcze w środę dotrą do Poznania. Płótno Claude'a ...

Met Removes Images of Mohammed from Its Galleries

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Met Removes Images of Mohammed from Its Galleries NEW YORK—The New York Post reports that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has pulled images of the Prophet Mohammed from its galleries devoted to Islamic art and suggests that the move is the latest chapter in the museum’s “history of dodging criticism.” Some ...

New York prosecutors announce the forfeiture of stolen works by Camille Pissaro

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

New York prosecutors announce the forfeiture of stolen works by Camille Pissaro January 13th, 2010 - 5:02 am ICT by BNO News  - NEW YORK CITY (BNO NEWS) – New York prosecutors announced Monday the forfeiture of a stolen work by the artist Camille Pissaro. In 1981, Le Marché, a painting by Camille ...

Tom Flynn – A History of the World in Looted Objects

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

A History of the World in Looted Objects Read the full text at : http://tom-flynn.blogspot.com/2010/01/history-of-world-in-looted-objects.html The most remarkable thing about the British Museum's forthcoming collaboration with the BBC — A History of the World in 100 Objects — is the almost total lack of critical response to the project from any quarter ...

WASHINGTON, DC – Thanks to guidance from preservation professionals, local emergency managers, and fire officials, fifteen museums in Mississippi, Ohio, and Texas are prepared to protect visitors and collections from disaster

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

PILOT PROJECT RESULTS IN EMERGENCY PLANS AND PARTNERSHIPS Project tools available to aid preparedness WASHINGTON, DC – Thanks to guidance from preservation professionals, local emergency managers, and fire officials, fifteen museums in Mississippi, Ohio, and Texas are prepared to protect visitors and collections from disaster. Preservation experts teamed with emergency personnel to ...

Auction house porters accused of carrying out more than their jobs; French police blame ‘co-operative of crime’ as dozens of missing items are found hidden in Paris warehouse

Monday, January 11th, 2010

A closed society of Alpine villagers is at the centre of an art theft scandal which threatens the reputation of the world's oldest auction house. The uniformed, self-governing group of porters called "Les Savoyards" - recruited from a handful of villages in the French Alps - has monopolised all removal and ...

New Zealand – Family saddened by museum theft

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Family saddened by museum theft By KAY BLUNDELL - The Dominion Post Last updated 05:00 12/01/2010 http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3221752/Family-saddened-by-museum-theft The theft of the late Sir Len Southward's original driver's licence and his private collection of old commemorative coins and bank notes from Southward Car Museum has left his family bitterly disappointed. Thieves smashed a glass fire ...

France Battles Theft Of Cultural Treasures

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

PARIS, Jan 10, 2010 (AFP) - French police colonel Stephane Gauffeny started the year with a heavy caseload. His job: investigating the theft of art and treasures in France, one of the best-endowed and most stolen-from countries in the world, which was struck by two major crimes in the week after ...

Ahmedabad – Heritage: Do we care?

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Heritage: Do we care? Jumana Shah / DNASunday, January 10, 2010 9:23 IST Ahmedabad: The last week began on an outrageous note. On Monday morning, Jamnagar police station registered an FIR stating that artifacts and paintings valuing anywhere between Rs2.5 to Rs5 crore were stolen from the sprawling royal palace. The story ...

Iconen uit museum Bellingwolde gestolen

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Iconen uit museum Bellingwolde gestolen BELLINGWOLDE - Kunstrovers hebben het afgelopen weekend zeven kostbare iconen gestolen uit museum De Oude Wolden in Bellingwolde. De dieven zijn binnengekomen door een raam te vernielen. Het lijkt erop dat ze verstand van zaken hebben, want de daders hebben de meest waardevolle iconen meegenomen. De zeven ...

Investigators Saturday implicitly blamed a missionary for a fire at a cultural institution in Tunis which killed him and destroyed nearly 17 000 books.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Missionary blamed for fatal library fire Investigators Saturday implicitly blamed a missionary for a fire at a cultural institution in Tunis which killed him and destroyed nearly 17 000 books. A judicial official said in a statement to AFP that traces of petrol had been found at the scene of Tuesday's blaze ...

Many Koreans become interested in retrieving cultural properties stolen by foreign powers in the past after a French court recently rejected a Korean civic organization’s request to return royal texts from the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910), taken by French soldiers during an attack in the 19th century.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

NGO Campaigning for Retrieving Stolen Cultural Properties Hwang Pyung-woo By Kwon Mee-yoo Staff Reporter Many Koreans become interested in retrieving cultural properties stolen by foreign powers in the past after a French court recently rejected a Korean civic organization's request to return royal texts from the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910), taken by French soldiers during ...