Protecting Heritage in Crisis: Blue Shield in Africa brings into focus the many challenges facing the protection of cultural property (CPP) across the African continent as a result of conflict or disaster, whether it be war, climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic, urban sprawl, neglect or other risks; and highlights the important work of African Blue Shield [...]
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Participants at the CPP Expertise Exchange © Joint Task Force Bravo Public Affairs Office Final Report Available Download the final Report (Spanish followed by English): IHAH-BSI Honduras Report 2021 11 12 From 22 - 27 August 2021, Dr Michael Delacruz, representing Blue Shield International (BSI), supported Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-B) of US Southern Command [...]
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BSI President Professor Peter Stone gave three key-note online presentations last week on the work of the Blue Shield, and the vital link between people’s cultural heritage and their identity and wellbeing. On Wednesday 24th November he participated in the International Council of Museums Asia Pacific Alliance (ICOM-ASPAC)’s annual conference whose theme this year was [...]
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The devastating Beirut explosion on 4 August 2020 left hundreds of people dead, thousands injured, and devastated museums, historic buildings and other cultural property (CP) over a wide area. It's just one terrible example of the crucial need for organisations and authorities, public services, and the military to cooperate on protecting people and their cultural [...]
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Watch the keynote presentation on the work of the Blue Shield from BSI President Peter Stone at the international conference Solidarity in culture: Heritage protection under conditions of crisis, hosted by National and University Library in Zagreb Download the Programme-25-2-2021 and watch the full conference on You Tube!
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Participants at the OSCE training in Greece 2021 ©OSCE/MPSOTC The easing of travel restrictions has finally made it possible to participate in person in training courses, seminars and other CPP events again. This welcome move meant that Professor Peter Stone, President of Blue Shield International and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at [...]
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UNESCO is holding a summit with experts from around the art world to work out how to stop the illegal trade in antiquities. Artworks and artefacts are often smuggled out by unscrupulous dealers from countries torn apart by war.  According to UNESCO, illicit trafficking in a nations cultural heritage is a lucrative global scourge, affecting [...]
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