Immunity from seizure

The National Maritime Museum is able to provide immunity from seizure under part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. This Act provides protection from seizure for cultural objects from abroad on loan to temporary exhibitions in approved museums and galleries in the UK.

Conditions for immunity

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


If you have any enquires regarding immunity from seizure, please contact:

Registration Manager, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Death in the ice: the shocking story of Franklin’s final expedition 

This PDF gives details of items on loan from abroad for the Death in the ice exhibition and are protected from seizure.

PDF iconFranklin - immunity from seizure report.pdf

PDF iconFranklin - Immunity from seizure report