Ireland has no legislation nor national guideline on deaccessioning or disposal.
The praxis, though, is quite common since all museums that are accredited are obliged to have an written deaccessioning and disposal policy in their collections management plans. The responsibility of these instruments lies on the individual museum level, instead of a national level.
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Ireland has no national legislation regarding deaccessioning and disposal.
Ireland has no national guidelines regarding deaccessioning and disposal. The museums themselves have individual policies.
Ireland has no other tools regarding deaccessioning and disposal.
Ireland has no national classification system for museum objects.
NATIONAL REGISTER OBJECTS
Ireland has no national register for museum objects.
Ireland has an accreditation scheme for museums, called the Museum Standards Programme, administered by the Irish Heritage Council. One of the requirements is the existence of a deaccessioning or disposal guideline.
Disposal Polices vary for individual museums. It is recommended that applicants follow the proposed structure below, including all sections relevant to their institution.
A. De-accessioning is the formal removal of an acquired object from the museum’s Accession Register. Decisions to de-accession must be made exceptionally. Disposal may arise in instances when objects have never been accessioned. This may arise when an object is offered to a museum and found to be of little or no interest or value. In this instance de-accessioning does not arise. Objects may also be disposed to another accredited museum in instances when the objects may or may not have been already accessioned. Donorsshould bemade aware of amuseum’s decision to de-accession or dispose of objects which they have donated to the museum’s collections.
B. Disposal and de-accessioning should be considered in limited circumstances only. A minimal statement might be considered to the effect that disposal is only undertaken in exceptional circumstances. These circumstances should be outlined in the Disposal Policy.
C. The potential reasons for disposal and de-accessioning could be as follows: (a) Lack of title or other legal reasonsincluding Government decision to repatriate objects acquired illegally. (b) More appropriate to another museum and transferred accordingly. (c) Condition: lack of facilities or resources to carry out necessary level of remedial work. Responsible provision needsto bemade for an object’stransfer to some other publicinstitution in such circumstances. (d) Condition: damaged or deteriorated beyond use. (e) New scientific information which lessens or negates the importance of a given object. (f) Transfer to othersection within museum or organisation because of new scientificinformation or requirements.
D. All records of de-accessioning and/or disposal should be kept. The accessionsregister, original accession information and catalogue should be annotated to record the disposal. The record of disposal should indicate: (a) Reason for disposal (b) That the object has been disposed MUSEUM STANDARDS PROGRAMME FOR IRELAND n 13 n (c) Method of disposal and new location of object, if relevant (d) Date of disposal (e) Signature of staff responsible A photographic record of the disposed and/or de-accessioned object/s should be kept. E. Procedures in relation to the de-accessioning or disposal of any object must be formally discussed and approved by the museum’s governing body. Individual curatorial decisions in this area should normally be approved in this way, except for minor instances involving, for example, non-artefact material.
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