International Art and Heritage Law > United Kingdom

United Kingdom

UK Cultural Heritage legislation as at July 2010

 

State party to international instruments

1954 Hague Convention

1954 Hague Protocol

1999 Hague Protocol

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1970 Unesco Convention

1995 UNIDROIT Convention

1 August 2008

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1972 World Heritage Convention

29 May 1984

2001 Underwater Heritage Convention

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2003 Intangible Heritage Convention

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2005 Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention

7 December 2007

 

State party to regional instruments

European Cultural Convention

5 May 1955

European Convention for the Protection of the  Architectural Heritage

13 November 1987

European Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property

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European Convention for the Protection of the  Archaeological Heritage (revised)

19 September 2000

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

27 March 2001

Framework Convention for the Protection of National  Minorities

15 January 1998

European Landscape Convention

21 November 2006

European Convention for the Protection of the  Audiovisual Heritage

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Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for  Society

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Constitutional provisions

Not applicable

 

National legislation

Treasure Act 1996

Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 (as amended)

Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments 1953 (as amended)

Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

Protection of Wrecks Act 1973

Museums and Galleries Act 1992 (as amended 2010)

National Heritage Act 1980 (as amended 2007)

Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 (as amended 2004)

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcements Act 2007, Part 6 (immunity from seizure)

Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill 2008

Human Tissue Act 2004

Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003

Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan (Publication and Provision of Information) Regulations 2008

 

Other

Export Licence Form

Open General Export Licence

The Waverley Criteria

MLA National Indemnity Scheme Guidelines

Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003 – Explanatory Notes

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcements Act 2007 – Explanatory Notes

Human Tissue Act 2004 – Explanatory Note

Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan (Publication and Provision of Information) Regulations 2008 – Explanatory Memorandum

Spoliation Advisory Panel Constitution and Terms of Reference, and Rules of Procedure

Treasure Act 1996 Code of Practice (2nd edn, 2007)

 

CE Cultural Heritage Compendium

 

Other useful links

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

 

Contact

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Email: [email protected]

 

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