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Our statements

All of our statements and reports in one place

February 2024

An update on our response to the Israel-Palestine conflict

December 2023

Our response to the Scottish Budget 2024/25

November 2023

Our statement on the Israel and Palestine crisis

Our statement on the call to put culture at the heart of climate action

September 2023

Museums changing lives in Northern Ireland

August 2023

Our response to the Scottish Parliament budget scrutiny 2024-25

Our statement on theft from museums

June 2023

Off the Shelf: a toolkit for ethical transfer, reuse and disposal

May 2023

Our response to the Scottish Government’s International Culture Strategy Survey

April 2023

Our response to Scottish Parliament’s inquiry on Culture in Communities

February 2023

Our response to Scotland’s Museums and Galleries Strategy

December 2022

Creatively Minded at the Museum report

Digital Impact in Museums and Galleries report

November 2022

Salary Research and Recommendations 2022

What we are doing to tackle racism

July 2022

Our statement on the cost of living crisis

March 2022

A manifesto for museums in Northern Ireland

Culture and Heritage: A Manifesto for Local Government – Scotland

A manifesto for local museums in Wales

February 2022

Our response to the enquiry on Reimagining where we live: cultural placemaking and the Levelling Up agenda

Our statement on the invasion of Ukraine

October 2021

Local Authority Investment in Museums after a Decade of Austerity

Our response to the Spending Review 2021

September 2021

Our response to the Scottish Parliament Culture Committee’s consultation on the future of culture funding

Museums Association Briefing – Comprehensive Spending Review 2021 (word)

June 2021

Redundancies after one year of Covid

April 2021

Ethics Committee statement on methods of sale of deaccessioned collection items

March 2021

Our response to the National Planning Policy Framework Consultation 2021 (word)

February 2021

Our response to the DCMS contested heritage meeting on 23 February

Covid roadmap: let England’s museums reopen earlier

Extend emergency Covid measures: our latest statement

December 2020

A Manifesto for Museums in Scotland

A Manifesto for Museums in Wales

Our letter to UK health secretary Matt Hancock on England’s Tier 3 restrictions

November 2020

Our statement on Scotland’s museums at risk due to Covid-19

Learning and Engagement Manifesto

Our latest response to new Covid measures in England (November)

October 2020

Our response to Oliver Dowden’s letter on contested heritage

September 2020

Fears for the future of civic museums

Business Rates Review: Call for Evidence (word)

Evidence for Treasury Committee inquiry into tax after coronavirus (word)

August 2020

Response to Scottish Parliament Local Government and Communities Committee – Covid-19 Call for Evidence (word)

Response to the Lords Select Committee Life Beyond Covid Inquiry (word)

Our statement on Decolonisation

July 2020

Our response to the £1.57bn rescue package for culture

June 2020

Black Lives Matter: joint statement of intent for the heritage sector

A just green cultural recovery from Covid-19: tackling the climate crisis

May 2020

Response to Scottish Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee on impact of Covid-19 (word)

Response to DCMS Committee inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 (word)

Reopening the museum sector: MA statement

March 2020

Museums Change Lives – Northern Ireland (pdf)

Statements archive, 2003-2019

November 2019

Museums Manifesto

April 2019

Empowering Collections

November 2018

MA statement on repatriation and restitution (word)

Power to the People: a Framework for Participatory Practice in Museums

August 2018

DCMS consultation on society lottery reform (word)

September 2018

MA response to draft Scottish cultural strategy

Collections 2030 discussion paper (pdf)

August 2018

DCMS consultation on society lottery reform (word)

July 2018

MA languages policy (pdf)

May 2018

Character Matters Delivery Plan 2018-20

March 2018

MA response to HLF consultation on five-year strategy (word)

Museums Taskforce report and recommendations

Museums Taskforce statement on funding, England

Museums Taskforce statement on funding, Northern Ireland

Museums Taskforce statement on funding, Scotland

Museums Taskforce statement on funding, Wales

February 2018

Joint response to the Select Committee Inquiry on the social impact of participation in culture and sport (word)

Museums in the UK 2018 (pdf)

January 2018

Scottish Cultural Strategy response (word)

December 2017

Banning UK Sales of Ivory: Museums Association Response to DEFRA Consultation

November 2017

Museums Association response to the Mendoza Review (word)

October 2017

MAC Call for Evidence – Museums Sector Response (pdf)

September 2017

Museums Facing Closure: Legal and Ethical Issues (pdf)

May 2017

Museums Manifesto 2017 (pdf)

April 2017

Museums in the UK 2017 (pdf)

February 2017

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)

Character Matters: attitudes, behaviours and skills in the UK Museum workforce (pdf)

August 2016

MA Ethics Committee response to Art Not Oil allegations

July 2016

MA and the nations

Valuing Diversity: the Case for Inclusive Museums

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)

December 2015

Cuts Survey 2015 (pdf)

September 2015

MA submission on the spending review

July 2015

MA and the nations

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)

November 2014

Cuts Survey 2014 (pdf)

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)

Cuts Survey 2013 (pdf)

August 2013

Response: IPO consultation into copyright exceptions (pdf)

July 2013

Museums Change Lives

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)

May 2013

Working wonders: action plan for the museum workforce (pdf)

April 2013

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

March 2013

Diversify: reflections and recommendations (pdf)

January 2013

Statement: MA and the nations

April 2012

Effective collections: achievements and legacy (pdf)

March 2012

MA response to Culture, knowledge and understanding (word)

Creative Europe (word)

Response to consultation on copyright (pdf)

February 2012

Smarter Loans (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)

April 2011

Culture change, dynamism and diversity (pdf)

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)


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