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Immunity From Seizure

Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcements Act 2007 provides immunity from seizure for cultural objects which are loaned from overseas to temporary public exhibitions in approved museums or galleries in the UK where conditions are met when the object enters the UK:

  • The object is usually kept outside the UK
  • The object is not owned by a person who is resident in the UK
  • The import of the object does not contravene any law
  • The object is brought into the UK for the purpose of a temporary public exhibition at an approved museum or gallery
  • The museum or gallery has published information about the object where required to do so by Regulations.

The Fitzwilliam Museum has gained approved status under Section 136 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, Part 6 of which provides immunity from seizure for cultural objects on loan from abroad in temporary exhibitions in museums.

For further information refer to the act or the Arts Council England website.

Due Diligence

The Fitzwilliam Museum's Due Diligence procedures statement



For further enquiries please contact:

Dr Lucilla Burn
Assistant Director, Collections
Tel. (01223) 332929

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