The Museums Association's Code of Ethics 2015
journal contributionposted on 2016-11-15, 14:15 authored by Janet Ulph
The focus of this article is upon objects in museum collections where legal title is uncertain ("orphans") or where the owner is unknown (deposited objects) or where the owner cannot be found (uncollected loans). Museums may have little choice but to continue to care for these objects even where they are unsuitable to be retained within the permanent collections. It is argued that the current law in the United Kingdom prevents museums from managing their collections properly and rationalising them where necessary. New legislation has been proposed which would assist Scottish museums. It is argued that all museums in the United Kingdom need new legislation which would enable them to manage their collections more effectively, and to approach reviews of collections and disposal of unsuitable objects in a proper and balanced manner, acting for the benefit of the public.
CitationArt Antiquity and Law, 2016, XXI (2), pp. 143-156
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Law
SourceProperty and Trusts section at the Society of Legal Scholars’ annual conference at the University of York in 2015.
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