Immunity from seizure

The Science Museum is able to provide immunity from seizure for cultural objects which are on loan from overseas under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

The Science Museum is able to provide immunity from seizure for cultural objects which are on loan from overseas under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

Protection under the Act can only be offered by approved institutions which have demonstrated to DCMS that they abide by their Due Diligence guidelines and have firm procedures in place for establishing the provenance history of cultural objects.

Immunity from seizure is only offered when specifically requested and is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • The object is usually kept outside the UK
  • It is not owned by a person resident in the UK
  • Importing the object does not contravene any law
  • It is brought to the UK for public display in a temporary exhibition at an approved museum or gallery
  • The borrowing museum has published information about the object online  

Links to museums and galleries with forthcoming exhibitions which include objects lent from overseas to the UK can be found on the Arts Council England’s website.

The following objects are intended to form part of the forthcoming exhibition(s):

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age
18 November 2014 – 17 May 2015

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Download the list of loans for Cosmonauts at the Science Museum (PDF)

Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia
1 August – 19 October 2014

The Science Museum is supporting the Primrose exhibition by providing immunity from seizure for the objects on loan. The exhibition has been organised by the Moscow House of Photography and is to be held at The Photographers’ Gallery, Ramillies Street, London.  

Download the list of loans for Primrose: Early  at The Photographers' Gallery (PDF)

Viktor Popkov exhibition at Somerset House
22 May – 18 June 2014

The Science Museum is supporting the Popkov exhibition by providing immunity from seizure for the objects on loan. The exhibition has been organised by the Filatov Art Foundation and is hosted at Somerset House.  

Download the list of loans for Viktor Popkov at Somerset House (PDF)

If you have enquiries, please write to:

Immunity from Seizure
Documentation Centre
Science Museum
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2DD