Short course on museum deaccession – 1 December 2021

Posted on: October 29, 2021 by

Back by popular demand! With many museums still facing financial struggles as a result of the pandemic, the prospect of selling collection items to raise funds remains a major challenge. On 1st December 2021, the Institute of Art and Law (IAL) will offer a crash course on deaccessioning for museum practitioners and other professionals that will cover the major legal and ethical issues that need to be considered in this challenging area. Recent examples have shown the problems which can arise, from the undermining of public trust and loss of accreditation status to retracted sales and financial penalties.

Sessions to include:

  • The law of deaccession
  • The ethics of deaccession
  • Restitution and repatriation
  • Practical exercises


This short course will be taught by Alexander Herman (Assistant Director, IAL) and Emily Gould (Senior Researcher, IAL), who have taught this and other museum-related topics in the UK, Australia, Canada and the Gulf Region. The course will be ideal for UK practitioners, but it will also offer international comparisons and best practice, making it of great use to professionals around the world.

Date and Time: 1st December 2021, from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm (UK time)

Method of delivery: Online, via Zoom. A link will be sent to those who sign up.

Cost: UK residents: £96.00 (price includes VAT); non-UK residents: £80.00 (price excludes VAT); IAL members, UKRG members and BADA members receive 50% off.