Tag Archives: Museums Association

Everyday Ethics for the Museum Sector

Posted on: April 25, 2016 by Emily Gould

The launch event for the new Museums Code of Ethics took place at the Wellcome Collection last Friday, 22nd April. You would be forgiven for thinking that a Friday afternoon event to explore an ethics code might not be the greatest crowd-puller; but on this occasion, you’d be much mistaken. Almost 150 delegates came to […]

Release of Culture White Paper

Posted on: March 31, 2016 by Emily Gould

The UK Government’s long-awaited Culture White Paper was released last week. It is over 50 years since the sector was last given the limelight in this way, so it was with baited breath that we nervously hit the download button. The message which runs through the paper is certainly positive and upbeat. It talks of […]

Sekhemka in the news again

Posted on: March 8, 2016 by Emily Gould

  There is rarely a dull moment in the long-running saga of the Sekhemka statue, the rare Egyptian Old Kingdom sculpture controversially sold by Northampton Borough Council for £15.76 million in 2014. The piece had been displayed at the Northampton Museum and was sold by the Council to raise funds, incurring the wrath of the […]

New Museum Code of Ethics well-timed for struggling local museums

Posted on: February 17, 2016 by Emily Gould

UK museums now have a revised Code of Ethics to guide them through the ethical dilemmas they encounter on a daily basis. The new Code, which updates the 2007 version, was approved at the Museum Association’s (MA’s) Annual General Meeting last November following an 18 month consultation. The new Code is more succinct than its […]

Recent Developments in Art and Cultural Property Law

Posted on: November 5, 2015 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

A One-Day Conference Saturday, 28 November 2015  9:30 am to 5:00 pm NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY, LONDON CAMPUS 1 SUFFOLK STREET, LONDON  SW1Y 4HX (NEXT TO TRAFALGAR SQUARE)   Including the following presentations: Litigating street art: the story of the Folkestone Banksy and its return from America Tim Maxwell, Partner, Boodle Hatfield LLP Keeping it “street”: the […]

Upcoming conference: Recent Developments in Art and Cultural Property Law

Posted on: October 29, 2015 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

We are happy to announce an upcoming one-day conference to be held in London on 28th November 2015 entitled Recent Developments in Art and Cultural Property Law (pdf flyer here). The conference will cover a number of new and exciting legal trends in the area involving: the new sentencing guidelines for heritage crimes the new Museums Association Code of […]

UK Government extends export ban on Sekhemka statue

Posted on: October 27, 2015 by Alexander Herman

This is a short update on our piece from this summer about the export ban placed on the £15 million Sekhemka statue. While it may have seemed doubtful that a UK entity would be willing (or, more importantly, able) to buy the statue and keep it in the country, there does now appear to be interest in doing so. […]

Will Sekhemka remain in the UK?

Posted on: August 12, 2015 by Alexander Herman

The famous Sekhemka statue is in the news again. This is the Egyptian Old Kingdom sculpture thought to represent a court official that had once been in the possession of Northampton Borough Council and displayed at the Northampton Museum. The statue sold at auction last year for £15.76 million, but not before garnering controversy on a number […]

Legal challenge to Riesco sale withdrawn

Posted on: November 13, 2013 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

Campaigners seeking a judicial review of the decision of Croydon Council to sell 24 items from its Riesco collection have withdrawn their challenge owing to lack of funds.  The sale is now set to go ahead on later this month and is expected to raise around £14 million.  The Council has argued that the money […]

Call for judicial review of Croydon’s decision to deaccession the Riesco collection

Posted on: November 7, 2013 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

A community-led campaign to legally challenge the sale of what is now left of the Riesco collection has recently been encouraged by substantial financial support from an anonymous donor. The £10,000 has gone towards the costs of legal proceedings in an attempt to challenge by way of judicial review the decision of Croydon Council on the […]