Anne Webber, together with David Lewis, is Founder and Co-Chair of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE), set up in 1999, and founded the Central Registry of Looted Cultural Property 1933-1945, www.lootedart.com, in 2001 as an independent charitable body under the auspices of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. The Registry is an international research centre and online repository of detailed research, news and information from 49 countries and an onine database of 25,000 objects.
The Commission for Looted Art in Europe (CLAE) is an international, expert and non-profit representative body which negotiates restitution policies and procedures with governments and museums worldwide. CLAE acts on behalf of families, cultural institutions and governments to research, identify and recover their looted cultural property, and has achieved the restitution of over 3,500 items of cultural property. It promotes access to records and the identification of looted cultural property and the tracing of its rightful owners. CLAE is a partner in the International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property and was responsible for identifying, describing and introducing the UK records available in The National Archives (UK).
Anne Webber was a member of the drafting team of Council of Europe Resolution 1205 (1999) on the restitution of looted cultural property in Europe, on the organising committee of the Vilnius International Forum 2000 and the Prague Conference 2009 and is a member of the Advisory Council of the European Shoah Legacy Institute. She is a member of the British Spoliation Advisory Committee which has advised on the provenance research work of British museums since 1999. She was a member of the Hunt Museum Review Group and is on the Executive Board of the International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-Era Cultural Property.
She founded and chaired the UK's International Tracing Service (ITS) Stakeholder Committee which negotiated the UK's taking a digital copy of the ITS records now housed at The Wiener Library, London. She is a member of the UK Government Delegation to the International Commission which governs the ITS, and is a member of The Wiener Library's ITS Oversight Committee. She is a Governor of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, President of the Jewish Book Council and Jewish Book Week and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
The Art of War Harper's Bazaar 3 October 2013
Gurlitt ist nur der Anfang - Gurlitt is Only the Beginning Tagesspiegel 19 November 2013
Dealing with Nazi-looted art is Germany’s Achilles’ heel Haaretz 25 February 2014
Campaigner’s new hope over battle for looted art The Jewish Chronicle 28 February 2014
The Jewish Chronicle also published a leader on 28 February 2014 arising from the profile, with the title Merkel must do more on looted art.
Selected Broadcast Media:
It’s My Story: Looted Art BBC R4 3 August 2006
Twice Looted or Twice Stolen? BBC R4 4 September 2007
The Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece BBC2 25 December 2010
Fake or Fortune BBC1 10 July 2011
Heir Hunters BBC1 8 March 2013
Cover-Up that shames Germany Jewish Chronicle 7 November 2014
Imagine: The Art That Hitler Hated BBC1 28 October 2014
Imagine: The Sins of the Fathers BBC1 4 November 2014