This Act puts into UK law the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, and its two Protocols.
Of particular relevance to museums, Section 17 of the Act makes it an offence to deal in cultural property knowing or having reason to suspect that it has been unlawfully exported. This only applies to cultural property imported into the UK on or after 12 December 2017, but the definition of ‘dealing’ includes acquiring by purchase, donation, or even loan.
DCMS has published two guidance documents on the new Act, one specifically dealing with the new offence of dealing in unlawfully exported cultural property.
Click the link the right-hand side to open the relevant resource page on the DCMS website.