Ethics Committee

The aim of the ethics committee is to create a culture in UK museums that embraces ethical practice so that people working in museums:

  • Recognise responsibility for practising and promoting ethical behaviour
  • See ethics as a positive force, responsive to developing professional and public views, and underpinning change and improvement
  • Regard an awareness and discussion of ethics as the norm, connecting all museums and playing a role in planning and decision making
The ethics committee develops and promotes the understanding of ethical principles, practice and issues within the museum community.

The ethics committee is regularly asked to provide confidential advice on specific issues that arise in individual museums. The committee acts as a sounding board and critical friend to promote good ethical practice in the museum community.

Occasionally, in difficult cases, a substantial investigation needs to be undertaken and individual ethics committee members help with this if they have appropriate experience or expertise.

Chairman


Rowan Brown

Rowan is the chief executive of the Woodhorn Charitable Trust.

Members

Heather Broughton

Heather has significant experience in public sector museums and heritage at a senior level.

She has been responsible for leading many major museum projects in the East Midlands relating to heritage regeneration, community and volunteer development, and commercial improvement. 

She has worked on a number of complex equalities and human rights issues relating to cultural services and social care, and is currently focusing her time as an independent consultant in the field of heritage equalities.

Charlotte Woodhead

Charlotte is an academic in the School of Law at the University of Warwick and is a non-practising barrister. 

Her recent research focuses on the legal recognition and protection of cultural heritage and how this is supplemented by codes of ethics. 

She has written articles on the restitution and repatriation of objects from museum collections, in particular claims for Nazi era looted cultural objects and for human remains.

Janet Marstine

Janet is academic director at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

Rachel Conroy

Rachel is the senior curator (applied art) at National Museum Wales.

Heledd Fychan

Heledd is the corporate affairs and advocacy manager at Amagueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.

Neil Curtis

Neil is head of museums at the University of Aberdeen.

Tehmina Goskar

Tehimina is a freelance curator based in Cornwall.

Diane Walters

Diane is a consultant and research fellow at the University of Exeter.