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Course Description

Museum thefts or illicit trafficking of cultural heritage occur more often than all of us think.  The recent thefts in 2020 of iconic paintings by the world’s greatest artists remind us just how important risk management is to the the security of museum collections and affiliated institutions.  Likewise, newspapers recount headline-making tales of horrific smash and grab museum burglaries that rarely, only rarely, have happily ever after endings where the paintings come home undamaged, if they come home at all.   In this ten-hour course, taught by security expert Dick Drent, participants will explore practical and innovative approaches to protecting against common and uncommon threats such as theft, vandalism, natural disasters, fire and environmental hazards and violent acts.

 

Key concepts covered include:

  • Introduction to museum risk management.
  • Introduction to museum threat management.
  • New approaches, exploring the benefits of proactive museum security.

Participants working in the security sector who take this course will come away with the ability to make more knowledgeable decisions on how to reduce their institution’s risks. Participants who are not already working in security, will get an understanding that museum security is not just a tool or a person but a way to protect cultural heritage.  It should be an intrinsic part of the organisation of every cultural heritage institution. 

What You’ll Learn

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How to effectively assess threats in their operational environments.

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Ways to analyse museum environments in order to proactively prevent, deter, and respond to threats before they occur.

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How to develop effective countermeasures to potential threats.

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How predictive security intelligence can help you proactively prepare for and defend against tomorrow’s threats today.

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How to recognise threats by the observance of human behaviour in predictive profiling, (and by the way this is referring to tactical analysis of behaviour and has nothing to do with racial and ethnic profiling).

How People Are Reacting

I took this online course as an introduction to the topic when the COVID pandemic prevented me from attending ARCA’s PG Cert program in Italy. The course gave me an exciting baseline introduction and I look forward to taking their summer professional training program next year.

Sarah Scott

As a university student taking courses in organized crime and terrorism, I wanted to understand better how art intersects with these more well known types of criminal behaviors. Professor Tijhuis and Professor Albertson gave me an excellent overview and I look forward to seeing what other courses on the subject ARCA develops.

Luis Rodriguez