The formal decision by a governing body to take objects out of its accessioned collection (‘deaccessioning’), and managing the disposal of those objects through an agreed method.

Deaccessioning and disposal - scope


Use this procedure to dispose of objects that belong to your museum. Reasons might include: objects damaged beyond further use; repatriation of human remains or sacred objects; or transferring duplicate objects to another museum as part of curator-led rationalisation. Sometimes, objects are ‘transferred’ within a museum, eg from the collection of accessioned objects to a handling collection of non-accessioned ones.