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Iraq’s Threatened Archaeology

RESCUE is concerned by the looting and destruction of some of Iraq’s artifacts and monuments as a consequence of the unrule following the current war. The Chair of RESCUE has written to both the United States President and the British Prime Minister expressing our concern. A sample letter is reproduced below. Customs and auction houses …

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HMS Sussex

As many members of RESCUE will be aware, considerable controversy was sparked in the autumn of 2002 when the British Government, in the form of the Ministry of Defence Disposal Services Agency signed a contract with an American salvage company, Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. of Florida, to recover bullion from the wreck of 17th century …

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Windsor Fire Station closure threatens historic buildings

A High Court judicial review decision has brought disappointment to the many Windsor people who have over the past 18 months backed their local council’s staunch campaign to save 24/7 local fire-service cover for the town in the face of the County of Berkshire fire authority’s proposed closure of Windsor Fire Station, from 8.00pm to …

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Heritage Protection Bill excluded from the Queen’s speech on 3rd December 2008: A Rescue comment

Rescue is disappointed and concerned to see that the Heritage Protection Bill has been omitted from the Government’s legislative programme for 2009, as outlined in the Queen’s Speech today, and “put on hold” Despite a statement suggesting the Government is “…100% committed to preserving and protecting our precious historic environment” the failure to pursue the …

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Understanding the future: museums and 21 st century life: A RESCUE response

In 2005 the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) issued a consultation paper entitled Understanding the Future: Museums and 21 st century life. RESCUE has been involved in campaigning to support local and regional museums in the face of continual threats to staff jobs, funding and opening hours and welcomed the opportunity to put …

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