Immunity from seizure

Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 provides immunity from seizure for cultural objects that are loaned from overseas to temporary public exhibitions in approved museums or galleries in the UK where conditions are met when the object enters the UK.

The conditions are:

  • the object is usually kept outside the UK
  • the object is not owned by a person resident in the UK
  • the import of the object does not contravene any law
  • the object is brought into the UK for the purpose of a temporary public exhibition at an approved museum or gallery
  • the museum or gallery has published information about the object

For further information, please refer to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 or the DCMS website.

Provenance information has been published, requesting immunity from seizure for objects in the following exhibitions:

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants
Lyuba baby mammoth specimen legal agreement (PDF, 92.4KB)

Contact us

For further information please contact

The Registrar

The Natural History Museum
London
SW7 5BD

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