May 12, 2005
For a while, the British government was in the process of setting up a database of stolen artwork & antiquities. However investigation by The Art Newspaper reveals that these plans have been quietly shelved by the government, despite the initial enthusiasm that they showed for the idea.
Britain is currently regarded by many in the field to be one of the key hubs in the international market in stolen artworks, but with attitudes like this can we really hope for any sort of change soon?
The Art Newspaper
Thursday, 12 May 2005
British government scraps key database
It was supposed to be a crucial element in helping to enforce the new Dealing in Cultural Objects Act
By Martin Bailey
LONDON. The British government has quietly dropped plans for a database of stolen art and antiquities, although this was a key element in helping to enforce a new law. The Dealing in Cultural Objects Act came into force at the beginning of 2004, and the government then advised dealers that consulting the projected database should be part of the “due diligence” process, to help establish that they were not knowingly handling tainted objects.
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