Curated Reading List: July 2023

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July was crazy as far as Art and Heritage goes, normally July and August  are “quiet” for the professionals, full season for Museums and Sites,  but this year was not the case. From hackers, to arson, to repatriation!  (Also the Art Newspaper had some awesome pieces) Have a go:

Heritage Management


Hackers attack Nazi-linked collection exhibition at Kunsthaus Zurich

The United States officially rejoins Unesco ( took a bit more than a decade)

Citizens decide new euro banknotes design: should heritage get a central role? 

Nero’s Theatre Discovered!!!

Ruins of ancient Nero’s Theater discovered under garden of future Four Seasons near Vatican 

Rome unveils ancient ruins of legendary Theatre of Nero 

Trial of Parisian antiques dealer accused of forging French furniture delayed due to ill health 

FR: L’Acropole d’Athènes est fermée en raison de la canicule

Last resort: antiquities Israel loaned to Trump are stranded at Mar-a-Lago 

Decolonisation/Conflict/Looting/Illicit Trafficking/Repatriation

Museums, Decolonization, and Restitution : ICOM-IMREC Seminar Videos

Minister Tkachenko outlines number of cultural heritage objects affected by Russian attacks

Sri Lanka takes action to bring back stolen artifacts 

Italy & the Louvre

Italy Seeks Legal Return of Seven Louvre Artifacts

Italy Is Calling on the Louvre to Repatriate Seven Ancient Artifacts of Questionable Provenance 

FR: Le Louvre pourrait rendre des objets pillés à l’Italie  

How a statue looted from a Cambodian temple revealed a vast smuggling network dealing in stolen cultural artefacts 

German Police Have Arrested Four Men Suspected of Stealing 483 Ancient Celtic Coins in an Elaborate Museum Heist

Keeping Up with the Parthenon Marbles 

UK and Greece should share Parthenon Marbles says London mayor Sadiq Khan 

Interesting Reads

Dogs in Ancient Egypt

Rencontres d’Arles: can the storied photography festival recognise the issues that beset its homeland? 

European Review of History: Revue européenne d’histoire, Volume 30, Issue 3 (2023) 

Riddle of the Iron Age warrior buried with a mirror and sword is solved 

Seven generations of a prehistoric family mapped with ancient DNA 


AI might now be powerful enough to be ‘using’ artists

Art world AI-nxiety: what is artificial intelligence and how are artists using it? 

Publications, Books

Dictionary of Museology 


Monuments Summer: Cabrillo National Monument 

Be.CULTOUR presents an exciting calendar of cultural and tourism activities in Larnaca, Cyprus, this summer 

CHARTER Alliance in Sweden: General Meeting & last Regional Workshop (12-16 June) 

Heritage for Sustainable Peace 

Museum Fundraising Summit 


Be.CULTOUR Special Edition: pioneer circular & cultural tourism with TRACE! 

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