Art and Heritage Crime

Short course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Wednesday 29 January 2020 – Wednesday 11 March 2020

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £259.00 - £299.00

Delve into the dark side of the art and heritage world. From theft to fakes and forgeries, discover the stories behind fascinating examples of cultural crime. Learn how these crimes can impact society and hear from experts who protect historical objects for future generations.

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Portrait of Course Leader  Vernon Rapley

Course Leader
Vernon Rapley

Vernon Rapley is the Director of Cultural Heritage Protection and Security at the V&A. Before joining the V&A in 2010, Vernon served as a Scotland Yard Detective for 24 years; the last 10 years spent as the head of the Art & Antiques Unit. Vernon is also a Special Advisor for the UK Government’s ‘Cultural Heritage Protection Fund’.

The V&A Short Courses provide the opportunity to view the collection from a completely new lens. The content is always so diverse and inspiring. Previous Course Student

Course overview

Much as Hollywood would like you to believe it, Art and Heritage Crime is not simply about thieves rappelling through museum skylights to commit multi-million-dollar heists. It is also not a victimless endeavour, nor one that only affects the very rich. This course is a real opportunity to learn from experts at the forefront of the fight against art and heritage crime. It is chance to understand the true impact that this crime can have on all of us and the genuine role that cultural heritage preservation can have in rebuilding a sustainable future, in war-torn or disaster hit countries.


Course tickets will be available for priority booking for V&A Members from 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019. General booking will open on 9.30am Monday 13 May 2019, subject to availability.

• This course has a Half Term break on 19 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: Art and Heritage Crime

29 January 2020 - 11 March 2020

£259.00 - £299.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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