Human Tissue Authority

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In this resource the Human Tissue Authority (HTA)  provides further guidance on the Human Tissue Act 2004. The Act established the HTA to regulate activities concerning the removal, storage, use and disposal of human tissue. It summarises the key points, regulations and offences under the Act. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view […]

Money Laundering Regulations 2007

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The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 discourages crime by depriving criminals of the proceeds of their crimes and prevents the use of the financial system for money laundering. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the Legislation.gov.uk website.

Export Control Act 2002

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The Export Control Act 2002 introduced provisions which enables controls to be imposed on the exportation of goods, the transfer of technology, the provision of technical assistance overseas and activities connected with trade in controlled goods. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the Legislation.gov.uk website.

Customs and Excise Management Act 1979

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The Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 makes it an offence to export or import goods with intent to evade a prohibition or restriction on those goods. Goods which have been imported or exported in breach of a prohibition or restriction are liable to forfeiture. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to […]

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

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The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 simplifies the conviction of criminals suspected of money laundering and enables the recovery of proceeds of crime. Clicking the link on this page will open this resource to view on the Legislation.gov.uk website.

Fraud Act 2006

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The Fraud Act 2006 defines the criminal offence of fraud and relates to obtaining property by deception. The Act gives a statutory definition of the criminal offence of fraud, defining it in three classes: Fraud by false representation Fraud by failing to disclose information Fraud by abuse of position Clicking the link on this page will open […]

Dealing in Tainted Cultural Objects – Guidance on the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003

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This resource from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) aims to provide some basic guidance on the new offence of dealing in tainted cultural objects introduced by the Act. The new offence is likely to be of concern primarily to collectors, auctioneers and dealers in antiquities and architectural salvage rather than to fine art […]

Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003: Explanatory notes

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This resource from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) provides further guidance to the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003. The Act 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 […]

The Export Control (Syria Sanctions) (Amendment) Order 2014

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The Export Control (Syria Sanctions) (Amendment) Order 2014 prohibits throughout the EU the import, export, transfer, or provision of brokering services for the import, export or transfer, of Syrian cultural property and other goods as specified in Article 11c of Council Regulation (EU) which have been illegally removed from Syria since 15 March 2011. Clicking […]

Theft Act 1968

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‘A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.’ Thefts from museums may be from: The collections Visitors – pickpockets and bag snatchers Display counters and shops Stores and equipment There are more serious forms of theft: Robbery – where […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]