Heritage Crime Conference

In partnership with Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, we orchestrated the first Heritage Crime Conference in Lancashire.

Heritage crime encompasses any offense that jeopardizes the value of heritage assets and their surroundings. While certain heritage assets benefit from specific legal protections to prevent damage or unauthorised alterations, crimes like theft, vandalism, arson, and antisocial behaviour also pose threats, impeding public appreciation and understanding of our heritage.

Heritage assets encompass a range of sites deemed culturally significant, including listed buildings, scheduled monuments, World Heritage Sites, protected marine wreck sites, conservation areas, registered parks and gardens, registered battlefields, and preserved military relics such as historic aircraft and vessels. Additionally, there are undesignated yet recognised heritage buildings and sites.

Hosted at the historically significant Samlesbury Hall in Preston, the full-day conference had over 100 delegates. Attendees gained insights into the latest developments in heritage crime, including police case studies on recent incidents, and explored collaborative approaches with the community to improve safety measures.

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