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Notice: A Short History Of Art Crime

Published on: 29 Apr, 2019
Updated on: 28 Apr, 2019

On Wednesday, May 8, Dr Tom Flynn will give a talk at Onslow Village Hall focussing on the most significant art heists of the past 100 years.

A Short History of Art Crime will examine why thieves steal art works that have an almost zero chance of resale. Are they stolen by organised gangs, or by opportunist amateurs? What happens to a masterpiece once stolen?

The talk, for the Arts Society Guildford, will shine a light into the darker recesses of international crime syndicates.

Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer and art consultant. He holds a BA honours degree (first class) in art history from the University of Sussex, a masters in design history from the Royal College of Art and a doctorate from the University of Sussex.

He is a visiting senior lecturer at Kingston School of Art, visiting lecturer at Christie’s Education and teaches at a number of other UK universities.

Speaker Dr Tom Flynn.

For the past seven years he has lectured on the summer post-graduate certificate in art crime and cultural heritage protection studies at the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA) in Amelia, Umbria, Italy.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the lecture will start at 8pm. Visitors £10, full-time students £3.

Tickets available at the door, or in advance from Guildford Tourist Information Centre in Guildford High Street. Telephone 01483 444333 or email

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