Short course on Museum Deaccession – 4 December 2020

Posted on: November 16, 2020 by

With many museums in dire financial straits as a result of the pandemic, the prospect of selling collection items to raise funds has become an ever-increasing reality. On 4th December 2020, 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 Qatar. 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: 4th December 2020, 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: IAL members / UKRG members: £48.00 (incl VAT); non-members: £96.00 (incl VAT)