May 19, 2018

Current Challenges (and Opportunities) to Accessing Cultural Heritage in the UK and Beyond

31st May 2018

Time: 16:30-18:00 (Registration from 16:00)
Followed by a reception

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

The current Brexit negotiations have so far not led to much discussion regarding cultural heritage. Nevertheless, the current political climate, in the UK and in the rest of the world, may create some challenges to the accessing and enjoyment of cultural heritage, which has now been established as a human right, enshrined in international law.

This event will highlight some of those challenges, as well as discuss possible ways to overcoming obstacles to accessing heritage, including intangible heritage, such as through digitisation and art loans for example. While the discussions will centre on the situation in the UK, a wider perspective will also be offered, through the example of the functioning of museums in Poland, where human rights are currently under threat.


  • Kristin Hausler, British Institute of International and Comparative Law


  • Geoffrey Bennett, Senior Fellow, Institute of Art and Law
  • Ewa Manikowska, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Alison McCleery, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Andrea Wallace, University of Exeter

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