Helping collections acquire important items for public enjoyment
We passionately believe that our nation’s collections, held in organisations of many types and sizes across the country, are an unmatched cultural asset.
It is essential that these collections are developed and cared for, celebrated and protected, so they can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. We understand that this is both a privilege and a challenge, which is why we provide standards, funding and advocacy and deliver a framework of statutory schemes to help in meeting these responsibilities.
Where possible, we work to keep items of particular cultural significance in the UK
We help organisations protect items where they appear in public exhibitions
Sets out national standards to ensure museums are sustainable, focused and trusted organisations
Identifies and celebrates outstanding collections, which deepen our understanding of the world
Offers an alternative to commercial insurance for public exhibitions
These networks revolve around a subject specialism and are are drawn from professional membership bodies or networks of museums
Museums should always act carefully, responsibly and ethically when disposing of items from their collections
Several of our funding programmes focus on collections and their development