From Freedom of Information to managing our collections – download details of the Science Museum Group’s policies.
SMG collection information and access policy
SMG collection development strategy
SMG conservation policy
SMG policy and procedures for selecting and operating historic objects
SMG collecting policy
Science Museum human-remains-policy
SMG human remains list
The Science Museum is able to provide immunity from seizure for cultural objects which are on loan from overseas under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.
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
Download our strategic plans
Inspiring Futures: Strategic Priorities 2017-2030
Science Museum Group Plan 2017–18
Science Museum Group Digital Strategy 2015–17
Science Museum Group Learning Strategy 2016–2020: Igniting Curiosity in Science
Download finance and payroll reports from the Science Museum Group
View current and historic funding agreements between the Science Museum Group and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Management agreement with DCMS: 2017
Update on achievement of funding agreement objectives: 2006–07
Three year funding agreement: 2005–08
Three year funding agreement: 2003–06
This information is defined by and published in line with the Government’s transparency agenda and provides a 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.