Museums, heritage and cultural collections
UCL’s Museums, Heritage and Cultural Property Committee is charged with advising Council on matters of policy concerning the care and management of the UCL Museums and Collections and departmental collections. This includes advice on ethical issues concerning (i) the acquisition and disposal of cultural artifacts and specimens and (ii) the care and treatment of historic human remains at UCL. For example, it ensures that UCL complies with the Code of Ethics published by the Museums Association, particularly with regard to the acquisition and disposal of artifacts and specimens.
UCL Council has approved a ‘Policy, principles and procedures for the care and treatment of human remains at UCL’, which complies with the statutory requirements of the Human Tissue Act (2004) in respect of human remains less than 100 years old and with the governmental advisory standards set out in the ‘Guidance for the care of human remains in museums’ (2005). The policy is subject to periodic review and substantive changes require the approval of Council.
Further information about museums and collections at UCL, including contact details can be found on the Museums & Collections home page.