Items accepted under the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme and available for allocation

 

Once an object has been accepted in lieu, it is allocated by the appropriate minister to a suitable museum or gallery. Arts Council England's AIL Panel provides the minister with advice on the allocation of all objects, other than manuscripts, which have been accepted in lieu. (In the case of manuscripts, allocation recommendations are made by the Historical Manuscripts Commissioner at The National Archives.) Where an offer has been made with a condition that it be allocated to a particular institution and the minister has agreed to the allocation, the object is immediately transferred to that institution as soon as the offer is completed.

In making a case for allocation the applicant should address first and foremost the issue of how the public will be given access to the item. Where it is consistent with the conservation requirements of the object, the normal expectation is for open public display. How the item would fit in with the existing collection of the applicant should also be considered, along with its use in their educational programme.

Arts Council England strongly encourages museums and galleries that have not previously received an object accepted in lieu to consider making applications, especially where the item has been accepted without a wish as to allocation. 

Items available for permanent allocation

How to Apply

If a public museum or gallery wishes to apply for permanent allocation of an object it should send an application to Gerry McQuillan by the specified deadline. The application should address the following three areas:

  • how the object you are applying for is appropriate to your collection and the context of the object within the permanent collection of the applicant
  • how public access will be provided. For items accepted in lieu the presumption must be that they will be on open public display for the majority of the time, subject to conservation restraints for those items which are sensitive to light. Details should also be given as to what access arrangements would be put in place when not on display, if appropriate and how members of the public are made aware of these
  • the educational programme of the applicant and how the object would be integrated into that programme

Applications must be submitted by Friday 21 November 2014. Please send a copy of your application both by email to gerry.mcquillan@artscouncil.org.uk and a hard-copy to AIL Panel Secretariat, Arts Council England, 21 Bloomsbury Street, LONDON WC1B 3HF. The hard-copy should be signed by the appropriate person in the museum or gallery.

 

Items accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme and available for allocation 

 

Once an object has been accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme it is allocated by the appropriate Minister to an eligible museum or gallery. Where an offer has been made with a wish that it be allocated to a particular institution and the Minister has agreed to the allocation, the object will be transferred to that institution once the offer is completed. Arts Council England's Acceptance in Lieu Panel advises the Minister on the allocation of all objects under the Cultural Gifts Scheme. The Panel will seek advice from the Historical Manuscripts Commissioner at The National Archives on the allocation of manuscripts.  Objects donated without a wish to an eligible institution will be advertised below and applications for allocation are invited.

In making a case for allocation the applicant should first address the issue of how the public will be given access to the object. Where it is consistent with the conservation requirements of the object, the normal expectation is for open public display for the majority of the time and a minimum of 100 days per year. The applicant should also consider how the item would fit in with the institution’s collections policy, its existing holdings, its ability to maintain the object and care properly for it and its use of the object in educational programmes (for further information please refer to the DCMS Guidance available to download on the right).

Arts Council England strongly encourages museums and galleries that have not previously received an object accepted in lieu or under the Cultural Gifts Scheme to consider making an application.

There are currently no cultural gifts available for allocation.

How to Apply

If a public museum or gallery wishes to apply for permanent allocation of any of these objects it should send its application to Catherine Higgs. The application should address the following areas:

  • how the object you are applying for is appropriate to your collection and the context of the object within the permanent collection of the applicant
  • how public access will be provided. For items accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme the presumption must be that they will be on open public display for the majority of the time and a minimum of 100 days per year, subject to conservation restraints for those items which are sensitive to light. Details should also be given as to what access arrangements would be put in place when not on display, if appropriate and how members of the public are made aware of these
  • the applicant’s ability to maintain the object and care properly for it
  • the educational programme of the applicant and how the object would be integrated into that programme

 

Please send a copy of your application both by email to catherine.higgs@artscouncil.org.uk and a hard-copy to Cultural Gifts Scheme, Arts Council England, 21 Bloomsbury Street, LONDON WC1B 3HF. The hard-copy should be signed by the appropriate person in the museum or gallery.