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.

For all ethical queries, please contact Alistair Brown in the first instance:

Ethics Committee Meetings 2018

23 March
13 June
27 September
11 December

Ethics Committee members


Heledd Fychan

Heledd is the head of policy and external affairs at Amagueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.


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 associate professor at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

Rowan Brown

Rowan is the chief executive of the Woodhorn Charitable Trust.

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.

Victoria Hollows

Victoria is the senior museum manager at Glasgow Museums.

Hannah Crowdy

Hannah is head of curatorial at National Museums Northern Ireland.