@LootBuster is an collective advocacy campaign to combat the looting and destruction of cultural heritage through ethical museum practice.

Join us for this panel event at Museums Association conference. Follow #Museums2016 on twitter to contribute to the discussion:

Nation builders or breakers? Combating the looting and destruction of cultural heritage

07 Nov 2016 | 12:00 – 13:00  | Seminar Suite, Upper Level

In the same way that archaeology is used as a tool for nation-building, a proven formula for nation-breaking is the deliberate destruction of significant archaeological remains. What is being done to preserve cultural heritage in war-torn areas and how can we prevent museums from becoming complicit in the theft and acquisitions of looted objects? Museums are increasingly playing a key role in shaping our individual, community and national identity through highlighting our interconnected heritage. How will museums respond to the elevated importance of existing material culture held in UK collections from parts of the Middle East and North Africa?


Yasmin Khan
Cultural Consultant, Covalent Creative Partnerships


Noorah Al-Gailani
Curator of Islamic Civilisations, Glasgow Museums

Robert Bewley
Project Director, Endangered Archaeology in Middle East & North Africa, University of Oxford

Stephen Stenning
Director, Culture and Development, British Council

Donna Yates
Lecturer in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime, University of Glasgow

Read more details about the speakers and their talk descriptions here.

This event is part of this year’s Museums Association conference strand on ‘People and Places: Stories, Communities and Collections’

See the full conference programme taking place at Glasgow SECC here: