Find out more about the collections Acquisition and Disposal policy at Royal Museums Greenwich.
Criteria for collecting
Potential acquisitions will be assessed using the following criteria:
- Significance of their contribution to our existing collections, collecting areas, research, education and display strategies
- National or international historical importance by themselves or by association
- The best of their kind (a key milestone in terms of development; leaders in the field; of high artistic quality; inspirational)
- Rarity - items not currently represented in the collections.
The Museum has a long-term purpose and holds collections in trust for society in relation to its stated objectives. Consideration is given to the disposal of any items in the Museum‘s collection based on sound curatorial and collections management reasons.
The following criteria are be used when identifying items for potential disposal:
- Items which fall outside the Museum's Collecting Development Policy, are not relevant to the Museum‘s mission and whose public accessibility is best served elsewhere, particularly within UKMCS framework
- Duplicate items (after consideration of an item‘s provenance and research value as well as physical duplication)
- Replica and prop items which should not have been accessioned
- Items in poor condition which have as a result irredeemably lost their useful purpose and which are beyond economical conservation
- Items with no potential for display or research
- Items which pose a health and safety risk, where disposal is required in order to comply with relevant legislation