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

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 dealers. However, the offence is not targeted solely at those who handle cultural objects in the course of their work. It will cover any person who dishonestly deals in a tainted cultural object, including, for example, a tourist importing a cultural object acquired abroad that has been illegally excavated or removed.

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Date created: 2004

Author: DCMS

Publisher: DCMS