Cambridge facility closes - Museums Association

Cambridge facility closes

Illicit antiquities centre shuts after 10 years
Felicity Heywood
The Illicit Antiquities Research Centre, based at Cambridge University, has closed after 10 years.

The research centre, which was funded by the university's McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, was set up to monitor and report on the damage caused to cultural heritage by trading in illicit antiquities.

But it is understood that the McDonald Institute decided to withdraw funding, leading to the research centre's closure.

Founding director Colin Renfrew, who is also a research fellow at the McDonald Institute, said there was still a need for a research centre.
The McDonald Institute was unavailable for comment.

Felicity Heywood

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