Call for UK to ratify Hague Convention on heritage and conflict

IfA’s Chief Executive, supporting representatives of many other organisations and interested individuals, has written to the Daily Telegraph lamenting the lack of progress by the UK in ratifying the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict ( The convention was drafted 1954, and Government announced its intention to ratify it in 2003 following looting in Iraq. Legislation was drafted in 2008 but not laid before Parliament; the letter urges Government to take advantage of a light legislative programme in the current Parliament to make good this shortcoming.