Protection under the Act can only be offered by approved institutions which have demonstrated to DCMS that they abide by their Due Diligence guidelines and have firm procedures in place for establishing the provenance history of cultural objects.
Immunity from seizure is only offered when specifically requested and is subject to the following terms and conditions:
The object is usually kept outside the UK
It is not owned by a person resident in the UK
Importing the object does not contravene any law
It is brought to the UK for public display in a temporary exhibition at an approved museum or gallery
The borrowing museum has published information about the object online
Links to museums and galleries with forthcoming exhibitions which include objects lent from overseas to the UK can be found on the Arts Council England’s website.
If you have enquiries, please write to:
Immunity from Seizure
London SW7 2DD
This information is defined by and published in line with the Government’s transparency agenda and provides details of the Science Museum Group’s expenditures over £25,000. It is published on a biannual basis and the information it provides is correct at the times stated.