Denmark was among the first countries to adapt official guidelines on deaccessioning and disposal. In the Museum Act, disposal is described.
The Agency for Culture and Palaces (Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen) has developed these guidelines. Deaccessioning and disposal are used regularly as collection management instruments and are not regarded as something controversial. However, the Museum Act only applies to state run or subsidized museums.
Next to this, it is common for individual museums to have their own policy on deaccessioning and disposal.
Country details for Denmark
Kingdom of Denmark
Number of residents:
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Legislation, Guidelines, and National register of objects
Deaccessioning possibilities in Denmark:
Specific legislation on deaccessioning and disposal can be found in
the Consolidated Act on Museums (2006) §5.11.2 & §6.14.ix
5.11.(2) In special circumstances, the museums owned by the state may dispose of objects from the collections, subject to the approval of the Minister for Culture. Regarding the museums referred to in Section 9, such approval shall be granted by the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation.
6.14.ix: The museum may not dispose of objects from the collections to museums other than those owned or subsidised by the state, except with permission from the Minister for Culture.
The Considated Museum Act 2006 §5.11.1The cultural heritage museums and art galleries owned by the state shall regularly report objects and documentation to the Central Register of Cultural History or to the Central Register of Art, cf. Section 39.
Denmark has no official museums accreditation scheme. However the Agency for Culture and Castles does make a difference between state owned and subsidized museums and those that are not state owned or subsidized.
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