Firearms and the law

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This resource is a simple, useful guide for museums who have firearms in their collections, prepared for the Collections Trust by staff at the Imperial War Museum. The guidance covers firearms as a whole, shotguns (which have a different legal status) and prohibited weapons and outlines advice on the transportation of firearms.

Threats to museum collections

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This brief introduction to threats to museum collections places particular emphasis on some of the reasons for theft. This fact sheet is drawn from presentations at the security seminars funded by Arts Council England and hosted by the Collections Trust in 2012/2013, as part of the Building Capacity in Museum Security project.

Theft Act 1968

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Thefts from museums may be from the collections, display counters and shops, stores and equipment, and visitors – pickpockets and bag snatchers. This resource allows you to view the relevant legislation.

Criminal Damage Act 1971

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In a museum context examples of criminal damage may be scratching initials on a statue with a nail or other sharp implement, spraying items with corrosive substance, spraying slogans with aerosol cans, arson or smashing cases to steal objects.