Department for Culture Media and Sport
Publication requirements and information for those who think they may have a claim to a loaned object
DCMS is committed to doing all we can to return property stolen in the Nazi era. In 2000 the Government established the Spoliation Advisory Panel to provide advice to claimants and museums on the resolution of claims for works of art held in permanent collections in museums in the UK.
We are similarly determined that looted or stolen works of art do not find their way into the UK via international loans. Objects will only be protected if the borrowing museum has complied with the requirements set out in the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan (Publication and Provision of Information) Regulations 2008.
These Regulations require the borrowing institution to publish detailed information about the object at least four weeks before the day on which the object enters the UK. The information must be made available to the public free of charge on the borrowing institution’s website. This will enable anyone who may have an interest in any of those objects to raise questions about them before they come to the UK.
After the object has arrived in the UK, the borrowing institution must also make the information available free of charge on their website for an additional period which begins on the day after the four week period ends and lasts for at least twelve weeks or for the duration of the exhibition, whichever is the longer period.
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council website links to websites of museums with upcoming exhibitions that include loaned objects from abroad, who have published information about the protected objects. This is a single point of access for those who wish to research the information.
The Regulations also enable a person who thinks they may have a claim to an object to obtain more information from the borrowing institution. A person who thinks they may have a claim to an object should make a written request to the relevant institution providing:
The borrowing institution must provide the claimant with the information detailed in the Regulations unless:
The information that the borrowing institution must provide is: