Organised by the Merseyside Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Art theft and the case of the missing Turners - Sandy Nairne

Lecture | Rathbones

Tuesday 6 October 2015 - 18:00 until 20:00

A James Wotherspoon Lecture

Sandy Nairne, recent Director of the National Portrait Gallery will give a talk on the missing Turners.

In 1994 two important late Turner paintings belonging to the Tate were stolen while on loan in Germany. This shocking event led to an eight and a half year search to recover the paintings - worth £24 million at the time - coordinated by Sandy Nairne who was then Tate's Director of Programmes. An extraordinary story in itself, and it leads him to an examination of many of the issues that surround art theft. These and other questions are discussed by Sandy Nairne in this telling story of our times.

We are again grateful to Rathbones for inviting us to hold this event in their offices at the Port of Liverpool Building. The evening will start at 6.00pm with wine and canapés followed by the lecture and will finish at 8.00pm.

Please note that there can be no admittance to the Lecture venue until 6pm, when office work has finished for the day.

This event has been organised by the Merseyside Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information


Port of Liverpool Building, Liverpool, L3 1NW

Entry details


To book, please contact Susie Noble on

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