Transfer of title forms

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Collections Trust supplies pre-printed, triplicate forms that support the Spectrum Acquisition procedure (a Spectrum Primary Procedure) and are used to transfer the ownership of an object from the owner to the museum. You can buy these in our online shop. The forms can be customised by overprinting your museum’s name and address, and can also be pre-numbered to […]

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Buying from online sources

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This resource relates to Accreditation Standard 2.1 Satisfactory arrangement for the ownership of collections, ‘The museum must take responsibility for all the collections it manages. It must be able to provide information on the size of the collections and the proportion of the collections owned by and on loan to it. Any risks relating to […]

The 1970 Threshold fact sheet

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This resource relates to Accreditation Standard 2.1 Satisfactory arrangement for the ownership of collections which requires that the museum must take responsibility for all the collections it manages. ‘The museum must be able to provide information on the size of the collections and the proportion of the collections owned by and on loan to it. […]

Museum Accreditation Scheme Collections Development Policy template

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This template from Arts Council England provides a Development Policy framework, which sets out the principles, standards and legislation for responsible and ethical acquisition (and disposal) of collections. This resource has direct relevance to Accreditation requirement 2.2 Development Policy: ‘The museum must have an approved policy for developing collections (also known as an acquisition and disposal […]

Museum Accreditation Standard section 2: Collections, 2.2 Development Policy - guidance

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This resource from Arts Council England sets out the Accreditation requirements for section 2: Collections, and general guidance on how to achieve them. It is particularly useful if you are using the templates for a Collections Development Policy and need to refer to the guidance. This resource includes guidance on: Requirement 2.1: Satisfactory arrangements for […]

Spectrum 4.0: Acquisition procedure

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The Acquisition procedure involves documenting and managing the addition of objects and associated information to the collections of the organisation and their possible accession to the permanent collections. It ensures the completion of transfer of title to the museum, and links the new acquisition into the Museums Documentation System. It a requirement of Accreditation that […]

Spectrum Advice: Numbering

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There are several commonly used formats for museum numbering systems. This Spectrum Advice fact sheet gives guidance on numbering your collection, on different types and formats and a summary of commonly occurring issues surrounding numbering. Contents 1. What is meant by ‘numbering’? 2. PAS 197, Spectrum 4.0 and the Museum Accreditation Scheme 3. Why is […]

Spectrum Advice: Acquisition

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This Spectrum Advice fact sheet explores how the Spectrum Acquisition procedure might work in your museum, and is aligned to the requirements of the Accreditation Scheme for Museums and Galleries in the UK. Acquisition is a Spectrum Primary Procedure, which means that it is an essential component of a workable and efficient museum Documentation System. […]

Anatomy Act 1984 as amended by the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006

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This legislation is relevant to collections held for anatomical teaching in Scotland, where the disposal of human remains from the Anatomy collection is the legal duty of the Licensed Teacher of Anatomy. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the Legislation.gov.uk website.

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Treasure Trove in Scotland: a code of practice

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This code of practice is intended to clarify the procedures involved in Scotland’s Treasure Trove System and in the processing and allocation of archaeological finds from Scotland. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the Scottish Government website.

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Treasure Act 1996

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This Act deals with finds of treasure in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It obliges finders of objects which constitute ‘treasure’ to report their find to their local coroner, who determines whether the find constitutes treasure or not. ‘Treasure’ is defined here. The Act is relevant to museums which are offered treasure as potential acquisitions, […]

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora 1973

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CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. This multilateral treaty aims to protect endangered plants and animals and relates to the acquisition of biological and geological material in developing collections. Roughly 35,000 species of animals and plants are protected by CITES legislation which […]

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Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006

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This legislation applies to museums holding or intending to hold human remains under 100 years old. The Act regulates the acquisition, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissue. It requires a licence for organisations holding and displaying human remains. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the […]

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Human Tissue Act 2004

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This legislation applies to museums holding or intending to hold human remains under 100 years old. The Act regulates the acquisition, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissue. It requires a licence for organisations holding and displaying human remains. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the […]

Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003

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This legislation refers to the acquisition of cultural property and makes it an offence to acquire, dispose of, import or export ‘tainted’ cultural objects, or agree or arrange to do so; and for connected purposes. The Act defines ‘tainted’ here – broadly it refers to dishonest removal, excavation or dealing in of any cultural or […]

UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property

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This legislation from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a multilateral international agreement dedicated to fighting the illicit trafficking of cultural property. It refers to the acquisition of cultural property and requires that new acquisitions will have been and are acquired honestly, that museums will not trade in illicitly acquired objects, and that […]

Guidelines for the care of human remains in Scottish museum collections

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This publication details Scotland-specific guidelines for the care of human remains in museum collections including their care, associated ethics, display, use and issues around repatriation requests. It also includes comprehensive legal guidelines in a Scottish context. In relation to Collections Development Standards, it outlines good practice guidance for museums acquiring and holding human remains from […]

Guidance for the care of human remains in museums

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This resource from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport outlines good practice guidance for museums acquiring and holding human remains from any period and aims to offer practical support in the care of human remains in museums. In reference to Collections Development Standards, there is no legislation covering Repatriation and Restitution of Objects and […]