Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH)

Launched in 2011, the Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH), is a voluntary national network which takes forward initiatives to tackle heritage crime and galvanise local action as part of the Heritage Crime Programme.

The overriding objective of the group is to reduce the amount of crime that causes damage to or interferes with the enjoyment of heritage assets in England. 

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Members of ARCH have a shared interest in preventing and seeing effective enforcement of heritage crime. Through conferences and training events, the group is a means of discussing priorities, sharing information about heritage crime, carrying out training, highlighting best practice and making local contacts.

A programme of events for ARCH members is held on a regular basis and details can be found on the HELM website.

How to Join ARCH

Membership of the group is free and open to all organisations and groups that have an interest in preventing and enforcing heritage crime.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Heritage Crime Programme, or becoming a member of  ARCH please contact English Heritage's Customer Services Department.


Forthcoming ARCH Conferences and Briefings

We are in the process of planning our programme of events and briefings for 2014 and once finalised, details will be available on the HELM website.

2012 ARCH Conference on Heritage Crime

The second conference organised by the Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH) was held in London on 21 March 2012. Representatives from a wide range of organisations came together to discuss the problem of heritage crime, learn more about the Heritage Crime Programme and explore how they could tackle heritage crime in their areas by developing a partnership model.

The conference was attended by Heritage Minister John Penrose MP, Chief Constable Richard Crompton of Lincolnshire Police and lead for Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on matters relating to Rural Issues and Wildlife and Heritage Crime and Hilarie McNae, a heritage champion and councillor of Cheshire West and Chester Council who has taken many innovative steps in her area to tackle the problem.

The conference was principally an opportunity to review research commissioned by English Heritage on the level of heritage crime in England. A summary of the findings and the full research paper are available to download free of charge from this page.

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