Monday, March 30, 2015

ramifications for UK museums which break guidelines

UK museums which break established professional guidelines that affect public trust, such as selling collections in order to fund building a new wing, will face funding cuts and loss of professional museum status and possibly disciplinary action by the national Museum Association. Two museums have recently resorted to such tactics, selling an extremely rare or valuable item essentially for profit. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-32084263

Connected to this, the Egyptian sculpture of Sekhemka sold by Northampton council for 15 million pounds, has been banned from export so it cannot be given to its new owner who is outside the UK. The statue is 4,000 years old and is one of the items recently sold to fund an extension to the town's museum and art gallery. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-32117427

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