Museum Directors Release Protocols for Protecting Artworks Under Threat

09 Oct 2015 2:37 PM | Anonymous

Museum Directors Release Protocols for Protecting Artworks Under Threat

By Alanna Martinez | 10/08/15 11:50am


To date, over 13,000 objects from Syria’s museums have been moved to secret locations for safe keeping amid the ongoing conflict in the area. In July looted objects from the region were found creeping into the art and antiquities market in the U.K. in alarming numbers. Meanwhile, IS militants bombed the ancient Roman city of Palmyra again just this week.

With so many artworks and cultural sites across Syria and Iraq facing destruction and looting, international government and cultural officials are taking emergency measures. The Association of Art Museum Directors has released a set of guidelines for museums to follow when acting as “safe havens” for artworks that have been displaced, looted, or are being sent away for protection, until they can be returned.

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