Category: Law

Museums and the Law Programme

Following on from the successful Museums and the Law seminar we ran earlier in the year we’re pleased to announce the next part of the programme. Running from October to December the workshops will cover a number of areas from acquisitions to the legalities of being a Trustee giving delegates the knowledge and resources needed to keep on the right side of the law.

Museums and the Law: Copyright Essentials
Tuesday 17th October
Manchester Museum
10:00 – 16:00

Led by copyright specialist Naomi Korn, this session is an introduction to basic copyright principles, covering the management, protection, exploitation and use of information and content.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

Museums and the Law: Data Protection
Wednesday 18th October
Manchester Museum
10:00 – 16:00

In May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will substantially impact the handling of personal data. This will affect how data is collected, used and shared by museum staff, trustees and volunteers and in this session Naomi Korn, will help you understand what this means for your museum & how you should prepare for the changes.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

Museums and the Law: Acquisitions and Disposals
Thursday 9th November
People’s History Museum, Manchester
10:00 – 16:00

Featuring a panel comprising Janet Ulph (Professor of Law at Leicester University), Sarah Brown (Outreach Officer at Collections Trust) and the Museums Association, the workshop is an opportunity to discuss the legal and ethical considerations of acquisition and disposal issues. Delegates will have the opportunity beforehand to submit questions and scenarios to be debated by the panel.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

Museums and the Law: Trustees
Friday 8th December
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
10:00 – 16:00

Led by Shirley Collier, this workshop will take delegates through the legal obligations of being on a Board of Trustees and tell you what you need to know and do once appointed.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

If you have any questions about the programme please contact Alex Bird –


Museums and Data Protection

In one of those coincidences where the same subject crops up repeatedly in various guises, we held our “Museums and the Law” conference last Friday which looked at trustees’ responsibilities across different aspects of running a museum, including in managing information. Yesterday AIM also published this blog post on trustees’ responsibilities for data protection following the creation of a new Fundraising Regulator and the new General Data Protection Regulation which will come into force in 2018 –

And as a timely reminder that it applies to all museums, big and small, we then came across this penalty notice, served by the Information Commission on a local history society for breaching data protection laws – The society’s unencrypted laptop, containing personal data from an accession register, was stolen and is still unrecovered. In the Information Commissioner’s opinion this constituted a breach of the Data Protection Act by failing to take appropriate technical and organisational measures against the unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss of personal data. The history society was issued with a fine.

There is a wealth of information available online so that museums and governing bodies can ensure that they are compliant in discharging their responsibilities as trustees. Starting points for information include:

Advice on museums and the Data Protection Act, Collections Trust,

Data Protection Act,

Third Sector,

NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit,

Museums and the Law Seminar

Chetham’s Library, Manchester
Friday 10th March
11:00 – 16:30

We all know that museums can be challenging organisations to run and the legalities surrounding them can often be complicated so we have developed a seminar which will cover some of the issues faced by the sector and ways to address them.

Bringing together experts from across the country the workshop will focus on the following:

Aquisitions and Criminal Law – Professor Janet Ulph, University of Leicester
Collections and the Law: Disposals and closures – Professor Janet Ulph, University of Leicester
Collections and the Law: Mitigating legal risk­ – Kevin Gosling, Collections Trust
Copyright: Rights, Risks and Process – Naomi Korn, Copyright Consultancy
Museum Legalities : What the Board should know – Adrian Babbage, Egeria
Buildings and Law: listed building and scheduled monuments – Richard Harwood, Institute of Art and Law

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

If you have any enquiries please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer –