PANEL AVAILABLE: What is Cultural Property Protection

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PANEL: What is Cultural Property Protection?

This year the Blue Shield is celebrating our 25th anniversary!

The UK National Committee of the Blue Shield joined in the anniversary celebrations with the British Army Cultural Property Protection Unit with a free virtual panel discussion on 13 October to explore What is Cultural Property Protection?

The last thirty years have seen a continual increase in cultural property protection, following the wars of Yugoslav succession in the 1990s, and the ensuing creation of the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

A decade of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa has resulted in a new wave of ratifications for this important piece of legislation and its uptake into various civil and military agendas. Cultural property protection is now recognised as part of, or discussed in relation to, the laws of armed conflict, human security and the protection of civilians, peace and security, prevention of terrorist financing, international relations, and the responsibility to protect, amongst others.

Yet, a recent Report by Blue Shield International and the Nordic Center for Cultural Heritage and Armed Conflict noted: “The concept of CPP is unclear and varies across organizations and expert communities. This confusion of ends, means and relevant authorities stands as a key barrier for setting priorities and allocating resources.”

This panel asks what – in all these areas – does CPP mean, and what does it look like? What are the differences and what makes it unique? Are some aspects more relevant than others, and why? Is it one thing to all people, or has the field now advanced to the point where “cultural property protection” is no longer a catch all term, but one which must be defined in the contexts in which it is used?

Join key leaders in cultural property protection to explore what it means to them in their work today.


Captain Jessica Wheway, Legal Advisor CPPU, British Army

Commander Roger Curtis, UK Cultural Property Protection Unit

Captain Timothée Le Berre, Deputy Director of the French Army Heritage

Dr Michael Delacruz, Secretariat, Blue Shield International

Stephen Stenning, Head, Arts and Society, British Council

Harriet Hoffler, Head of International Cultural Protection, Cultural Diplomacy, Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Man in a blue high vis jacket with "Blue Shield" on the back stands amongst military personnel in uniform in a historic building.
UK Blue Shield supports the UK Ministry of Defence first Cultural Property Protection Special to Arms Course for the Cultural Property Protection Unit (read more…)

Read more about the Blue Shield 25th Anniversary on the Blue Shield International website

Read the Report by Blue Shield International and the Nordic Center for Cultural Heritage and Armed Conflict