Statements and responses

The latest thinking from the Museums Association
October 2017

MAC Call for Evidence – Museums Sector Response (pdf)


May 2017

Museums Taskforce Welsh sub-committee recommendations (word)


Museums Manifesto 2017 (pdf)

April 2017

Museums Taskforce Scotland sub-committee recommendations (word)

Museums Taskforce Northern Ireland sub-committee recommendations (word)

February 2017


Museums Taskforce statement on museum funding (pdf)


Museum Manifesto for Tolerance and Inclusion (pdf)

November 2016

MA response to CMS Committee Brexit consultation (word)


MA response to consultation on tax relief for museums and galleries (word)

MA response to the DCMS Museums Review (pdf)

September 2016

MA statement on Randerson Report by the Welsh Government (pdf)Joint response by MA and others to rural tourism inquiry (pdf)

August 2016

MA Ethics Committee response to Art Not Oil allegations


July 2017

MA and the nations (word)


June 2016

MA briefing on Brexit (pdf)

April 2016
MA response to Countries of Culture Inquiry (word)

March 2016


Culture White Paper 2016: museum sector submission (word)

Culture White Paper 2016: MA additional submission (word)

MA response to ACE's consultation on its public investment from 2018 (word)

September 2015

MA submission on the spending review

July 2015

MA and the nations (word)

March 2015

Joint statement on unethical disposal from museum collections (pdf)

Response to DCMS on evidence on lotteries reform (word)

February 2015

Position statement on sector funding (word)


January 2015

Response to Birmingham City Council Budget consultation (pdf)


December 2014

Response to the local government finance settlement for England 2015-16 (word)
October 2014
Press release on the appointment of Sharon Heal as director of the Museums Association (word)

Statement on the decision to bar Northampton Museums Service for breaching the Code of Ethics

July 2014


Response: Young People and the Arts Consultation (word)

Statement on the sale of the statue of Sekhemka by Northampton Borough Council (word)

March 2014

Submission to Culture Media and Sport Committee Inquiry into the work of Arts Council England (word)


October 2013

Response: Welsh Government call for evidence on how cultural and heritage bodies can help reduce poverty (word)


August 2013


Response: IPO consultation into copyright exceptions (pdf)


July 2013

Response: proposed sale of collections by Croydon Council (word)


Inquiry into the future of the Science Museum Group (word)

June 2013

Response: ACE review of the Designation scheme (word)


Statement: MA warns of closures ahead (pdf)


April 2013

Response: the proposed new history curriculum in England (pdf)

January 2013

Statement: MA and the nations

March 2012

MA response to Culture, knowledge and understanding (word)

Creative Europe (word)


Response to consultation on copyright (pdf)


November 2011

MA response to Scottish National Strategy Consultation (pdf)


September 2011

MA response to HMRC consultation into tax incentives for living donors (word)

May 2011


MA proposal to ACE for the funding of non-national museums (pdf)

Response to DCMS review of cultural education (word)

HLF consultation: the future of the HLF (word)

March 2011

Statement: Bolton Museum considers sale of art works (pdf)


April 2010

Statement: Royal Cornwall Museum considers sale of art works (pdf)


September 2009

Response to MLA Accreditation consultation (word)

Response to consultation on The National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Culture and other fields) Order 2009

August 2009

Statement: Southampton City Council proposes sale of art works (word)

April 2009

Response to the draft National Strategy for Public Collections of Contemporary Art

Consultation on the formation of a new Advisory Panel on the Archaeology of Burials in England (APABE)

February 2009

NIMC Collections Development Strategy Consultation

January 2009

Report: Sustainability and Museums: Report of consultation

Cultural Metropolis: the Mayor's Priorities for Culture 2009-2012

National Trust/English Heritage Avebury Reburial Consultation

July 2008

Renaissance review: MA response to MLA Consultation

June 2008

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills Informal Adult Learning: Shaping the Way Ahead

May 2008

Sustainability and Museums: introductory leaflet (pdf)

Report: Sustainability and Museums discussion paper

Sustainable Museums: draft principles

July 2007

Report: Making Collections Effective (pdf)

March 2008

CMS Committee Inquiry Draft Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill

Local Government National Indicator Set Technical Handbook - MA response to consultation document

July 2007

Gift Aid Consultation

MLA consultation document: Securing Excellence; delivering for communities

Arts Taskforce consultation document

April 2007

Financial Reporting Exposure [draft], Accounting for Heritage Assets

March 2007

Draft Culture (Scotland) Bill, Consultation Document

Culture, Media and Sport Committee Tourism Inquiry

February 2007

Report: Tomorrow's People: entry to the museum workforce summary (word)

January 2007

Report: A public consultation on museum disposal (word)

Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums and Galleries Collections Development Initiative Consultation

Understanding the Future, Priorities for England's Museums

September 2006

Policy statement on repatriation of cultural property

Statement: Repatriation of cultural property

August 2006

Response to consultation on Arts and Humanities Research Council strategy for 2007-2012

July 2006

Briefing: Gift Aid

June 2006

Human Tissue Authority's consultation on the Code of Practice for Public Display (of human remains)

May 2006

Accounting Standards Board discussion paper on heritage assets: can accounting do better?

Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA): an Emerging Self-Improvement Strategy for Cultural Services

Department for Culture, Media and Sport consultation paper on anti-seizure legislation

March 2006

AHRC strategy for supporting and sustaining high quality research in the UK's museums, galleries, libraries and archives

February 2006

Department for Culture, Media and Sport consultation on national lottery money for arts and film, sport and heritage from 2009

Our heritage, our future: pre-consultation on the third strategic plan, Heritage Lottery Fund

January 2006

Culture, Media and Sport Committee: protecting, preserving and making accessible our nation's heritage

September 2005

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill

July 2005

Service Assessment Frameworks: supporting comprehensive performance assessment for single tier and county councils from 2005 to 2008

Understanding the Future: Museums and 21st Century Life - The Value of Museums

A Significance Recognition Scheme for Non-National Museums and Galleries in Scotland

Response to consultation on the draft code of conduct for the Care of Human Remains in Museums

June 2005

Report: Collections for the Future

February 2005

Response to the Audit Commission's proposals for Comprehensive Performance Assessment from 2005 regarding museums within cultural services that local authorities provide

January 2005

Response to the second phase of consultation on cultural entitlement and institutional frameworks in Scotland

October 2004

DCMS consultation on human remains

Submission to the inquiry of the Education and Skills Committee into Education outside the Classroom

September 2004

Response to phase 1 of the consultation process, Cultural Commission, Scotland

Response to the report on the Arts and Humanities Research Board's Support of University Museums and Galleries

Response to the Big Lottery Fund consultation on funding priorities

August 2004

Response to consultation on proposals to devolve responsibility for various aspects of culture from DCMS to the Elected Regional Assemblies

July 2004


Briefing: Freedom of Information Act (MDA website)

June 2004

Response to consultation on guidelines on treatment of Christian burials in archaeological projects

March 2004

Statement: museum sales and valuation events (pdf)

January 2004

Memorandum of evidence for House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee: 'Reform of the National Lottery'

November 2003

Scottish Executive Regional Development Challenge Fund: draft for consultation

October 2003

DCMS consultation on the protection of historic ships

DCMS proposed changes to the way national lottery funding is distributed

Evidence submitted to an inquiry by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on the illicit trade in cultural property

The Goodison Review: Saving Art for the Nation

Briefing: .museum (pdf)


February 2003

Briefing: Creative Partnerships (pdf)

January 2003

Briefing: Treasure Act (pdf)

Briefing: Working With Consultants (pdf)

Briefing: Exporting for Suppliers and Consultants (??/??, word)