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Disposal from Museum Collections toolkit and guidance 2014

An updated Disposal Toolkit has been published by the Museums Association and the UK Accreditation partnership: Arts Council England, CyMAL: a division of the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and Northern Ireland Museums Council.

The Museums Association, as the professional membership body, is responsible for the Code of Ethics and the Ethics Committee. Accreditation, the UK standard for museums enshrines the code of ethics and represents agreed sector practice. Accreditation is delivered across the UK by the four sector strategic agencies listed above.

This new Disposal Toolkit replaces the widely-used Museums Association’s 2008 version. As part of this, additional guidance on financially motivated disposal has also been developed and published by UK partners, based on agreed sector ethics, legal advice and Accreditation case law. The idea behind the additional guidance at Appendix 4, which should be read as part of the wider Disposal Toolkit, is to provide an ethical framework for colleagues who find themselves having difficult discussions around sales from collections.