Culture in Crisis

The V&A is an international organisation with collections from around the globe. We are committed to protecting the world's cultural heritage and supporting communities that suffer cultural loss, whether through conflict, criminal acts or natural disaster. Our Culture in Crisis programme brings together those with a shared interest in protecting cultural heritage, providing a forum for sharing information, inspiring and supporting action and raising public awareness.

We understand the impact of cultural heritage loss on communities and the contrasting positive role its preservation can have in rebuilding and recovering these areas following wars and disasters. As such we aim to encourage a cross-disciplinary approach, raising public awareness and working with organisations from a variety of backgrounds to take a holistic approach to the protection of heritage in all its forms.

We also work closely to support law-enforcement, nationally and internationally, and the British Armed forces to develop strategies to prevent the illicit trade of cultural goods.

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Email: cultureincrisis@vam.ac.uk

Heritage in a post-Covid Landscape

Heritage in a post-Covid Landscape

Between June and September 2020, The British Council, DCMS and the V&A partnered to produce a series of interactive workshops, hosted by our Culture in Crisis Programme, that explored the role cultural heritage protection has to play in 'building back better' as the world moves forward into development landscapes significantly transformed by Covid-19.

Culture in Crisis Podcast

Culture in Crisis Podcast

The Culture in Crisis Podcast brings together important voices in the field of heritage preservation to share their unique experiences and insights. Topics include designed solutions to threats facing cultural heritage, and the ongoing fight against the illicit trade of cultural property.

Conferences

Conferences

Over the years, the Culture in Crisis Programme has convened a number of major international conferences, bringing together an interdisciplinary field of global professionals to discuss key issues and debates relating to the protection of heritage. These meetings afford us the opportunity to 'think big' about emerging questions within the field and bring voices together to promote collaborative working, both within and beyond the heritage sector.

Events

Events

Our events series of talks and seminars bring together artists, designers, heritage workers, activists and many others to discuss cultural heritage preservation issues in relation to their own practices. Providing a dynamic and responsive platform to open up dialogue on these important and pressing issues, we invite you to join the conversation by attending one of our monthly free events.

Blog

Blog

The Culture in Crisis blog features new and exciting updates about the ongoing activities in the world of heritage preservation, revealing the valuable work of individuals and institutions we work alongside.