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Dealing with UK Museum Collections: Law, Ethics and the Public/Private Divide

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posted on 2015-10-06, 13:13 authored by Janet Ulph
In the UK, there is a public perception that, if a cultural object is given to a museum, it will remain in its collections forever. But does UK law reflect this? This article analyses UK law and discusses whether a commercial approach is not always well suited to serve the needs of the museum sector and whether there should be more thought given to the public nature of museums. It calls for law reform in order to ensure that UK law and ethical guidance relating to deaccessioning and disposals from collections is sufficient to maintain public trust, so that people continue to visit museums and to offer objects for their collections.

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International Journal of Cultural Property, 2015, 22 (2-3), pp. 177-204

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Law

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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International Journal of Cultural Property

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Cambridge University Press (CUP) for International Cultural Property Society

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0940-7391

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1465-7317

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2015-07-18

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2015

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2015-10-06

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http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9986601&fileId=S0940739115000168

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This paper was written by Janet Ulph, AHRC Fellow, School of Law, University of Leicester. It was accepted by the International Journal of Cultural Property (2015) 22 177-204. It does not include editorial input by Cambridge University Press.

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