In response to protestors announcing they are planning more disruption, Ecclesiastical has issued new guidance to help heritage organisations protect artwork and exhibits.
In November1, Just Stop Oil demonstrators announced they are considering slashing famous works of art to get their message across. Among the protests last year, demonstrators threw soup at Van Gogh's Sunflowers painting and glued themselves to the frames of several masterpieces.
Ecclesiastical is encouraging heritage organisations to be vigilant and take proactive steps to help protect artwork and exhibits from attacks.
Faith Kitchen, Customer Segment Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance, said: “As the UK’s leading insurer of Grade I listed buildings, we’re passionate about protecting Britain’s heritage. Last year, high profile climate protests against iconic artworks caused significant damage. There are a number of measures heritage organisations can take to help protect art from the risk of attacks from protestors. Inspecting bags at entrances and exits, securing priceless art behind glazed panels, and installing proximity alarm systems can help to deter attackers. It is also important to train staff and volunteers to recognise and report unusual visitor behaviour. We urge heritage organisations to review their security arrangements on a regular basis and follow our guidance.”