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Lecture on art theft and forgery

From: Chantal-Helen Thuer <c_thur<-at->
Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
Icon Lecture

"The Deceitful attraction of Art Theft and Forgery', thieves and

Grand Robing Room at Freemason's Hall, 60 Great Queen Street London
WC2B 5AZ. Close to both Covent Garden and Holborn Tube Stations.
Tuesday 26 November 2013

Doors open at 6pm.

Speakers: Jim Kilmartin and Francis Downing

Jim Kilmartin is the security advisor to the National Trust for
Yorkshire and the North East. A police officer for 33 years and
formerly a Chief Superintendent, deputy Head of CID and Commander of
York Police. In that last role, and as the Hostage Negotiator
Co-ordinator, he was amongst the first on the scene of the armed
robbery which took place at the City of York Art Gallery, when
irreplaceable paintings were cut from their frames whilst staff were
held at gunpoint.  He subsequently oversaw the operation which led
to the recovery of the works of art and the conviction of the

Whilst Head of Harrogate CID, he led a long-running nation-wide
enquiry into the long running and large scale alteration and forgery
of art work and paintings by a local couple, who had established
themselves as reputable art dealers and with a large client base.
The case was the largest and most far reaching then recorded.

Upon retiring from the Police service, he undertook research and
casework for the Invaluable Group of companies, regarding the theft
and recovery of art, antiques and looted property.

Jim will speak about his experiences as a police detective
throughout the UK and the interesting methods he has used as well as
his strokes of luck. How minor suspicions often led him into more
serious investigations, resulting in high profile cases.

The transfer of his skills to investigating art theft and forgery
has led to the detection and conviction of numerous criminals.
Francis Downing will briefly speak about his involvement with Jim
and other police forces, as a Forensic Conservator and the role of
Painting conservators in the detection of forgeries.

    ICON members:  UKP10
    non-members: UKP15
    Free wine and cheese included in price of ticket.

Please register by sending your name and stating if you are an ICON
member.  Your name must be on the security list no later than
Saturday, 23 November 2013.


    Clare Finn
    +44 20 7937 1895

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