Contact Alice Farren-Bradley


Alice Farren-Bradley teaches across Cranfield University's globally unique MSc Forensic Investigation of Cultural Heritage Crime, and leads the International Cultural Heritage Crime course at CFI. 

Alice read Ancient History and Archaeology at Durham University before completing her Graduate Diploma in Law and Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice through the University of Law.  She holds a PGCert in Research Training and is currently working on her PhD with Newcastle University, investigating the legal and market implications of military initiatives for cultural property protection during armed conflict.   

Prior to joining Cranfield, Alice taught Art Law at Kingston University and lectured extensively on cultural heritage crime and art market ethics for academic audiences at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Audencia Business School, the University of Edinburgh, New York University, Christies Education London, and the Institut d'Études Supérieures des Arts.  

Outside of academia Alice has over a decade of experience in practice resolving cultural property claims and heritage disputes involving stolen, looted, fake and forged artefacts.  Since 2013 she has also served as Moderator of the pro-bono Museum Security Network, where she disseminates daily updates on cultural heritage crime and risk management to a global network of museum stakeholders and law enforcement agencies.  

Current activities

Alice teaches across the MSc Forensic Investigation of Cultural Heritage Crime and is currently organising Cranfield University's first Cultural Heritage Crime Symposium which will be held online 12-14 July 2021.

Alice is interested in hearing from anyone wanting to learn more about the MSc programme / research projects involving:

- Cultural Heritage Crime;

- Cultural Property Protection (particularly during armed conflict);

- Contested Cultural Heritage (including disputes concerning attribution and legal ownership); 

- The Trafficking and Trade in Illicit Cultural Heritage; and

- Mechanisms for the Identification and Recovery of Claimed Cultural Property.


In addition to her work at Cranfield, Alice teaches Art Law on the MA Art Business programme at Sotheby's Institute of Art and guest lectures on Leicester University's MA Museum Studies course.  

Alice continues to consult on cultural heritage claims and has provided support on the identification and restitution of contested cultural property for art market professionals, law enforcement agencies, private collectors, museums, and government ministries around the world.