Trafficking Culture is an international research consortium that produces evidence-based research into the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects.
On this site, you can keep up to date with our work as it progresses.
We encourage you to start your exploration of this topic with our Encyclopedia, a constantly evolving resource which presents introductory materials on the research topic. In it you will find numerous cases studies of famously looted artefacts, critical analysis of a relevant law, selection of methodological orientations for conducting research on the topic, and a brief introduction to criminological or social theory which may help us understand and engage with the issues. We also encourage you to visit our Publications section which contains our research output past and present and includes over 100 academic articles about the illicit trade in cultural objects.
Our researchers are based out of Victoria University of Wellington, Oxford University, and the University of Glasgow. From 2012 until 2016 this research programme was housed at the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and was funded by the European Research Council.
We very much welcome communication from researchers and others interested in the topic. Please see our Contact page.
Call for papers: “Crimes against Culture: Theft, Destruction, Security, and Protection of Heritage”, ICJR Special Issue
17 Nov 2016
Donna Yates is guest editing a special issue of the International Criminal Justice Review focused...
Neil Brodie giving ICON Scotland Plenderleith Lecture, Glasgow, 24 Nov
04 Nov 2016
“Antiquities trafficking – 21st century developments” is the title of Dr...
Donna Yates to speak at Museums Association Conference, Glasgow, 7 Nov
04 Nov 2016
Yates will be speaking in a session titled: Nation Builders or Breakers? Combatting the Looting and...
Long Island University Hillwood Museum theft
Egyptian artefacts stolen from Hillwood Museum and sold at Christie’s...
Wang Chuzhi Tomb Panel
Marble relief panel stolen from Chinese tomb in 1994 recovered from Christie’s New York in...
A small bronze statue of Zeus stolen from Rome’s National Museum of Italy in 1980 was sold at...