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Introduction to managing Cultural Property in museums

Museums and galleries are responsible for the care and management of a wide range of different types of artistic, historical and scientific material, frequently including sensitive cultural property or even human remains. The effective and ethical management of this cultural property depends on an awareness of legal and statutory responsibilities, professional standards and codes of ethics and institutional policies and procedures. 

 

In this presentation to the UK Registrars Group event at the Barber Institute in Birmingham, Collections Trust CEO and UK Blue Shield Committee Member Nick Poole introduces the theory and practice of cultural property management. He looks at the ways in which museums can manage risk, and then examines how good governance and professional practice can help ensure that we are dealing with culturally sensitive material ethically and accountably. 

The Collections Trust publishes two handy Practical Guides for people working with cultural collections: 

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