Museums and galleries are facing increasing calls to return ‘looted’ art and antiquities. These demands raise complex issues of culture, history, law and morality, and challenge notions of what ought to be exhibited in world-class collections. This lecture, by historian, journalist, author and barrister Dominic Selwood, examines this increasingly complex and fraught dilemma. Selwood is the author of Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers: The History You Weren’t Taught in School (2015), and the crypto-thrillers The Sword of Moses (2013) and The Apocalypse Fire (2016). He regularly presents history programmes on television.

This is one of a series of 4 talks which explore restoration, theft, restitution and ethics in the art world; you may also like to consider:

Talk- Restoring Artemisia

Talk - The Fine Art of Crime: a beginners’ guide

Talk - Ethics in the Art World

The Wallace Collection

London, W1U 3BN

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