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.

Further advice about security

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This resource outlines sources of external expert advice that should be consulted as part of an on-going programme of security maintenance, revision and improvement.

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Security specification for emergency exits

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of emergency exits. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for glass and frames

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of glass and frames. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for wall and roof space cladding

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of wall and roof space cladding. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for strengthening wooden shutters

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of strengthened wooden shutters. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for solid core doors

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of solid core doors. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for padlocks

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of padlocks. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for metal lining of doors

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This resource outline the minimum standard for the specification of the metal lining of doors. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for internal window grilles

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of internal window grilles. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for internal window bars

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of internal window bars. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for fixed plywood window screens

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of fixed plywood window screens. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for external scaffolding

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of external scaffolding. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for decorative wrought iron grilles

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of wrought iron grilles. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security specification for attack resistant display cases

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This resource outlines the minimum standard for the specification of attack resistant display cases. This standard is usually required for museums under the Government Indemnity Scheme, but is a useful guideline for all museums when managing risks to their collections.

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Security and fire prevention

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This practical guide outlines procedures for the prevention of fire in museum buildings, with particular reference to the protection of museum collections.

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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.

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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.