Object donations & valuations
Offers of objects and Museum procedures
It is through generous offers from individual contributors that our collections continue to grow as a public resource. We are very interested to hear more about your object (or objects) but unfortunately, for reasons of security and public accountability, Gallery Assistants and Library staff are not allowed to accept items offered as potential gifts ‘over the counter’. Instead we will be pleased to take your details, including immediate information on the objects(s). This will be promptly passed to the Museum Registration section for consideration. They will contact you for any further information that we may need and tell you more about the procedure we use in deciding whether to accept your generous offer.
Donation offer form
The information will be passed on to the relevant Museum department for consideration. They will contact you for any further information that we may need and tell you more about the procedure we use in deciding whether to accept to your generous offer.
Please note that the Museum cannot provide advice on obtaining a valuation for objects. This is partly for reasons of professional ethics (ref. Museums Association Code of Ethics, items 2.14 and 3.18), but mainly because museum curators, as public servants, are not market valuation experts. Instead we suggest that you seek a valuation from a professional valuer, auctioneer or dealer. You will find these listed in the Yellow Pages or on the Internet.