NEWS: Museum Association publish new Code of Ethics

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Many of you may already be aware that the Museums Association has recently conducted a review of the Code of Ethics for Museums which led to the adoption of a new Code of Ethics by unanimous vote at the MA’s AGM in Birmingham in November 2015. Designed to be shorter and more user-friendly than the previous code, the latest version can be found here:

Museums Association – Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics is a vitally important document for the museums sector. It sets out the key principles which should underpin ethical behaviour in all aspects of museum activity – working for public benefit and engagement, the ethical stewardship of museum collections and maintains integrity in individual and institutional behaviour.

The new code reaffirms some of the traditional ethics of the museums sector, such as the presumption against unethical sale from museum collections and the suppression of the illicit trade in cultural and scientific items. It also sets new expectations for museums as guardians of free speech and editorial integrity and the pursuit of ethical sponsorship arrangements.

The Code of Ethics applies to all museums and those who work in, with or for museums. It is upheld by the Museums Association Ethics Committee which meets regularly to provide expert guidance to the sector on ethical best practice, and, where necessary, can also intervene in instances of unethical museum practice.

To find out more or to download the latest version of the Code of Ethics, Click Here.

 

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