Sweden has legislation and guidelines on deaccessioning and disposal since 2017.
Before that, however, individual museums had their own written policies on the subject. In Sweden, the starting point for museum work is the individual museum, more than the national heritage. In this manner, it inclines far more to the Anglo-Saxon tradition than the Latin tradition.
The museum law keeps the details on deaccessioning and disposal small, leaving enough space for museums to develop their own policies. The Guideline on deaccessioning is a broad and clear document, based upon the Norwegian guideline on disposal and the UK Disposal Toolkit 2014
Country details for Sweden
Kingdom of Sweden
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Legislation and Guidelines
Deaccessioning possibilities in Sweden:
In 2017 the Museum Law has been adopted. In this Law an article is dedicated to the management of collections.
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