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Last chance to take part in ethics consultation

Patrick Steel, 03.02.2015
Consultation closes on Friday 13 February
The Museums Association’s (MA) ethics consultation closes in just over a week, on Friday 13 February.

The online consultation is part of the MA’s ongoing review of the code of ethics. The code, which was partially updated in 2007 but has not been revised in full since 2002, sets out guiding ethical principles for all who work for or govern museums in the UK.

The review aims to ensure that the code of ethics is relevant to modern museum practice and encompasses museums’ ethical responsibilities to visitors and the public.

The online consultation explores a wide range of issues, from technological change to museums’ role in society, international partnerships, human rights, workforce diversity and sponsorship.

If you work in or for museums, in any capacity and at any level, then the MA would like to hear your views.

The MA’s policy officer, Alistair Brown, said: “We have already had lots of interest in the review of the code of ethics from every part of the museum community, from volunteers to curators to directors.

“But we want to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard in the debates that we are having on different areas of museum ethics. So whether you’re interested in social media, disposal of items from collections or the social impact of museums, I’d ask everyone to participate and take the time to respond to the consultation.”

The MA expects to publish the revised code of ethics later this year.

A number of museum professionals have outlined changes they’d like to see to the revised code in our series of ethics vox pops. Don’t miss the chance to have your say - fill out the online consultation by 13 February.


Code of ethics online consultation

Ethics vox pops