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Rescue says: Our World Heritage Sites need more protection!

The 41st Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee met in Krakow, 2– 12th July 2017. Deliberations included receipt of reports and making decisions on World Heritage Sites (WHSs) and the designation of new Sites.  For reports and decisions, including advice to States Party, see:

The newly-designated English Lake District, a National Park, is safeguarded under UK legislation unlike many of our WHSs.  The reports and decisions of the Committee concerning five of the 27 other WHSs in the British Isles are therefore deeply worrying.

2018-12-13T18:27:49+00:007 September, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Repairing damage to an 800-year old coffin at Prittlewell Priory – who should pay?

Repairs to an 800-year old coffin damaged by visitors to Prittlewell Priory Muesum in Southend will cost a “negligible” £100 to fix, according to Southend Council.1

For those unfamiliar with the story, the sandstone sarcophagus – found in the Priory grounds in 1921 complete with buried occupant – was damaged accidentally in the museum

Prittlewell Priory

when a visiting family lifted a child over the barrier and into it for a photograph. The incident and the damage was captured on CCTV, but the perpetrators fled the scene – leaving the damaged coffin behind, a story that […]

2018-12-13T18:48:29+00:0030 August, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

The case of a rare Roman figurine: disrespect for a nationally important archaeological artwork?


The newly renamed Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (sic) announced on the 24th July, that the Arts Minister John Glen had placed a temporary export bar on a Roman bronze figurine, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country.1

The figurine is small, but described as “exceptionally rare”; depicting a figure wearing the distinctive birrus Britannicus – a hooded woollen cloak specifically noted as being British in the Edict of Diocletian in 310AD. The press release notes that it is extremely unusual for portable art from this period […]

2017-08-30T21:15:11+00:0030 August, 2017|0 Comments

Rescue says: Brexit

Rescue Says: The decision to take the UK out of the European Union has significant implications across the entire range of the political spectrum, and Heritage and Archaeological concerns are not immune from these. There are a number of heritage protection principles, policies and practices that are in common usage and that the heritage sector and the general public at large rely on every single day, that are underpinned, or fully reliant upon, a suite of EU legislation, treaties and conventions that the UK has signed and ratified.

The legal status of these provisions once the UK has withdrawn from the […]

2018-12-13T18:10:18+00:0029 June, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

Rescue says: The Lenborough Hoard

RESCUE Says: The Lenborough Hoard

The media have once again whipped themselves into a frenzy regarding buried treasure. The latest example is the Lenborough hoard – a metal detecting rally bonanza consisting of over 5,000 allegedly pristine silver coins dated (so far) to the reigns of Aethelred and Cnut – AD 978-1016 – which according to the press will net the landowner and the finder a cool £1m.

‘The dig’ for the silver coins…from the Buckingham Advertiser

This of course is all we need […]

2018-12-13T18:48:29+00:006 January, 2015|Tags: |1 Comment
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