Attacks on museum artefacts

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The British Museum has said it is considering "all eventualities" amid fears that antiquities displayed in the West will be targeted by extremists linked to the so-called Islamic State. What is the Metropolitan Police Service doing to protect historical artefacts?     


Answer for Attacks on museum artefacts

Answer for Attacks on museum artefacts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The police have a range of crime prevention and counter terrorism programmes of work focussed on the protection of historical sites and artefacts.

Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSA) meet regularly and provide bespoke protective security advice to groups such as Historic Royal Palaces, English Heritage, the Historic Churches Trust and the London Museum Security Group to ensure they have proportionate security and response plans.

This includes the British Museum, which already has a robust security regime to prevent theft, protest and terrorism. The museum has a CTSA assigned to support its ongoing protective security activity, meeting regularly to review security to potential threats including Islamic extremism.