This checklist will help you follow up lines of enquiry to establish the ownership and history of the object you are acquiring. It is a useful checklist for both cultural heritage and commercial organisations.
This fact sheet discusses the 1970 threshold established by UNESCO to combat the illicit import, export, and transfer of ownership of stolen art and antiques/antiquities.
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 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 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.
This Act deals with finds of treasure in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is relevant to museums which are offered treasure as potential acquisitions, often as a result of a chance find or as part of an archaeological archive.
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.
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.
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.
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.