Museum Ethics

Museum Ethics

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Date and time


Online event

Join us for an informal session to learn more about ethical principles, practice and issues within museums

About this event

Speaker: Philip Wise, Heritage Manager, Colchester + Ipswich Museums and member of the Society of Antiquaries of London Ethical Conduct Body.

*This event will take place online, on Zoom*

Museums are public-facing, collections-based institutions that preserve and transmit knowledge, culture and history for past, present and future generations.

This places museums in an important position of trust in relation to their audiences, local communities, donors, source communities, partner organisations, sponsors and funders. Museums must make sound ethical judgements in all areas of their work in order to maintain this trust.

In this session you will learn:

  • An understanding of what we mean by the study of ethics
  • What the Museums Association Code of Ethics is and how to apply it in practice
  • Areas of museum work where ethical decisions may arise
  • How to carry out an ethical disposal procedure
  • Where to seek external support and guidance for ethical concerns.

Ethical dilemmas using real case studies will be presented and discussed. We also answer the question what links Indiana Jones, Lord St John of Fawsley, Lyra Belacqua and the Dambusters Raid?

*This event is open to staff, trustees and volunteers at Museums Essex member museums only.*